Book vs. Movie
Lewis Carroll really had a wild imagination when he wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Either that, or he wrote down one of his own bizarre dreams! I know about the weird things our brain can conjure up while we are sleeping, so actually, his story doesn’t seem far fetched. It is quite nonsensical, with quirky strange characters who don’t seem to be shy at all with their insults. The main things I noticed between Carroll’s tale and Tim Burton’s production is that there doesn’t seem to be a real plot or point in the book—other than Alice being tormented with herself and trying to get to the garden or to avoid her head being chopped off! In the movie, Alice’s mission in Wonderland is to defeat the Red Queen, with the aid of the Mad Hatter and the White Queen. Another difference is that Alice is about 7 years old in the book (Alice’s character in the book strongly reminds me of a blond Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz), while in the film, she is now a young lady who has been offered marriage. In fact, in the screen version, it is Alice’s second time to Wonderland. Burton takes characters from both Alice’s Adventures and Through the Looking Glass. Where the Mad Hatter is only one of many people Alice briefly meets in the tale, he plays a main role in the movie—and boy, does Johnny Depp do a splendid job (as always)! All this to say that it looks like the film rendition based the screenplay loosely on Carroll’s work. I have to confess though, that I did enjoy the big screen version better than the original story (even if it is a classic that everyone should be familiar with). Did you like what Burton did with the storyline?