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Jakarta Post

Return to the rabbit hole

  • Sara Veal


Jakarta   /   Sun, March 14 2010   /  10:36 am

Alice in Wonderland
(Walt Disney Pictures, 109 minutes)
Directed by Tim Burton
Produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd
Written by Linda Woolverton (screenplay), Lewis Carroll (book)
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Stephen FryAdapting books for the screen is tricky, even with big bucks and star power there is no guarantee of getting it right. Time and time again, audiences excited to see their favourite story brought to life have left the cinema disappointed, cursing the director for failing to match what their minds had conjured up. Once upon a time, I would have said, without hesitation, that the combination of Tim Burton and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland was a match made in adaptation heaven. In Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, The Nightmare before Christmas...