Mar 11, 2010

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Alice In Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 fantasy¬† adventure film directed by Tim Burton, written by Linda Woolverton, and stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen and Stephen Fry. It is an extension of Lewis Carroll’s novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. The film uses a technique of combining live action and animation.

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In the film, Alice is now 19 years old and accidentally returns to Underland, a place she previously visited 13 years ago. She is told that she is the only one that can slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon controlled by the Red Queen. Burton said the original Wonderland story was always about a girl wandering around from one character to another and he never felt a connection emotionally, so he wanted to make it feel more like a story than a series of events.

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He does not see this as a sequel to previous films or a re-imagining. It premiered in London at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 25, 2010 and was released in Australia on March 4, 2010 and the United States and the United Kingdom on March 5, 2010 through Walt Disney Pictures in 3-D and IMAX 3-D, as well as in regular theaters.

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Alice Kingsley, 19, attends a party at a Victorian¬† estate shortly after the death of her beloved father. She learns that the party is actually an engagement party to wed her into the Ascot family, who now own her father’s trading firm. Unsure of an answer to Hamish Ascot’s proposal, Alice runs away and follows the White Rabbit, Nivens McTwisp, but falls down a rabbit hole into Underland, a bizarre world she previously visited as a child, although she has no memory of it.

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Things are less frightening to Alice because she thinks it is only a dream. When she mentions this to someone in Underland he is disappointed, because it means that he is not real.

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It is explained throughout the course of the film that Iracebeth, the Red Queen, conquered Underland by stealing the ruling crown from her sister Mirana, the White Queen, but Alice will slay the Red Queen’s guardian, the Jabberwocky, on the Frabjous Day using the Vorpal Sword.

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However, a misunderstanding of words from Absolem the Caterpillar makes everyone believe that Alice is the wrong one. The forces of the Red Queen attack and capture McTwisp, Uilleam the Dodo, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee, whilst Alice escapes. The Knave of Hearts, Ilosovic Stayn, informs the Red Queen of Alice’s return; the Red Queen orders Alice’s capture.

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Alice is found by Chessur, a grinning cat, who leads her to The Hatter, Thackery Earwicket and Mallymkun. As Ilosovic searches for Alice, The Hatter flees toward the White Queen’s castle with a shrunken Shite, but he is caught, leaving Alice and his hat behind.

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A bloodhound named Bayard, who was forced to work for the Red Queen due to his imprisoned family, aids Alice in sneaking into the Red Queen’s castle to rescue The Hatter. McTwisp, now a page for the Red Queen, gives Alice some food which makes her grow to a large size, but she fools the Red Queen into believing she is “Um from Umbridge”, and The Hatter is made the Red Queen’s hat maker.

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Alice learns that the Vorpal Sword is hidden in the den of the Bandersnatch, whose eye was removed by Mallymkun earlier. The eye is restored by Alice, making the Bandersnatch choose to side with her and escape from the castle with her and Bayard.

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Chessur saves Tarrant and Mallymkun from execution, and they lead all of the enslaved Underland creatures to flee the Red Queen’s castle. Alice delivers the Vorpal Sword to the White Queen and returns to her normal size, but she remains unsure whether she can kill the Jabberwocky.

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Absolem, going into his pupa stage, reminds Alice of her past visit to Underland and gives her the courage and belief to fight the Jabberwocky. On the Frabjous Day, the forces of the White and Red Queens converge on a battlefield to decide the fate of Underland.

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Alice fights the Jabberwocky and decapitates him, while the Red Queen’s forces side with the White Queen, who regains her crown and then banishes her sister and Ilosovic to the outlands forever. Alice returns home by drinking blood of the Jabberwocky, refuses Hamish’s proposal, and becomes an apprentice for Hamish’s father with the idea of beginning trade routes with China. The film ends with Alice sailing away on a ship, with Absolem, now as a butterfly, flying away from her shoulder.

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