Release Date: 25th February 2010
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Linda Woolverton & Lewis Carroll
Producer: Richard D. Zanuck, Suzanne Todd & Jennifer Todd
Executive Producer: Chris Lebenzon & Peter M. Tobyansen
Runtime: 1hr 48mins
Troubled by a strange recurring dream and mourning the loss of her beloved father, nineteen-year-old Alice Kingsleigh attends a garden party at Lord Ascot’s estate, where she is confronted by an unwanted marriage proposal and the stifling expectations of the society in which she lives. Unsure of how to reply, and increasingly confused, she runs away to chase after a rabbit in a blue waistcoat, and accidentally falls into a large rabbit hole. She is transported to a world called wonderland, where she is greeted by the White Rabbit, the Dormouse, the Dodo, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee. They argue over her identity as “the right Alice”, who it is foretold will slay the Red Queen’s Jabberwocky on the Frabjous Day and restore the White Queen to power. The group is then ambushed by the Bandersnatch and a group of playing-card soldiers led by the Knave of Hearts. Alice, Tweedledum and Tweedledee escape and flee into the woods, while the Knave steals the Oraculum and the Dormouse leaves the others with the Bandersnatch’s eye. The two argue in going to Queast or Snud but get abducted by the Jubjub bird.
The Knave informs the Red Queen that Alice has returned and threatens her reign, and the soldiers and Bayard the Bloodhound are ordered to find Alice immediately. Meanwhile, the wandering Alice encounters the Cheshire Cat, who takes her to the March Hare and the Hatter. On the way to the White Queen’s castle, Hatter relates the terror of the Red Queen’s reign, and comments that Alice is not the same as she once was. The Hatter helps Alice avoid capture by allowing himself to be seized instead. Later, Alice is found by Bayard the Bloodhound, who wishes to take her to the White Queen, but Alice insists upon helping the Hatter, so they go to the Red Queen’s castle.
The Red Queen is unaware of Alice’s true identity and therefore welcomes her as a guest. Alice learns that the Vorpal Sword (the only weapon capable of killing the Jabberwocky) is locked away in a case inside the Bandersnatch’s den. The Knave crudely attempts to seduce Alice, but she rebuffs him. She later manages to retrieve the sword and befriend the Bandersnatch. The Knave finds her with the sword and attempts to arrest her. Alice escapes on the back of the Bandersnatch and delivers the sword to the White Queen. The Cheshire Cat saves the Hatter from execution, and the Hatter calls for rebellion against the Red Queen. The rebellion is quickly put down by the Jubjub bird. The resistance flees to the White Queen’s castle, and both armies prepare for battle. Alice remains unsure about the expectation for her to champion the White Queen, and meets with Absolem the Caterpillar. He reminds Alice of her past visit to Underland (which she mistakenly called “Wonderland” at the time) thirteen years earlier, and helps give her the courage to fight the Jabberwocky and accomplish “What she must to do”, while he becomes a pupa.
When the Frabjous Day arrives, both the White and Red Queens gather their armies on a chessboard-like battlefield and send forth their chosen champions (armor-clad Alice and the Jabberwocky respectively) to decide the fate of Underland. Encouraging herself with the words of her late father, Alice manages to kill the Jabberwocky. The White Queen then banishes the Red Queen and the Knave to the Outlands, and gives Alice a vial of the Jabberwocky’s blood, which will take her home. The Hatter suggests that she could stay in Underland, but she decides that she must go back and promises that she will return.
Alice returns home, where she stands up to her family and pledges to live life on her own terms. Impressed, Lord Ascot takes her in as his apprentice, with the idea of establishing oceanic trade routes to China. As the story closes, Alice prepares to set off on a trading ship. Absolem, now a butterfly, lands on her shoulder. Alice recognizes him and greets him before he flutters away.
Mia Wasikowska…as Alice Kingsleigh
Johnny Depp…as The Hatter
Helena Bonham Carter…as Iracebeth of Crims, the Red Queen
Anne Hathaway…as Mirana of Marmoreal, the White Queen
Crispin Glover…as Ilosovic Stayne, the Knave of Hearts
Matt Lucas…as Tweedledee and Tweedledum
2010: Comedy Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2010: London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
2010: MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2010: National Movie Award for Performance of the Year