Rated: PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.
The latest Johnny Depp/Tim Burton collaboration looks at this classic tale from the perspective of Alice returning to Wonderland years after her initial visit. Growing up she was convinced that her first time in Wonderland was a dream that she had created, then faced with many life changing decisions she finds herself following the White Rabbit back to Wonderland.
Overall the storyline is pretty simplistic and slightly predictable, so don't expect a "wonderland" of plot. But that's not why people are paying to take this adventure. Theaters are filling up to see the mind-boggling special effects and Johnny Depp's highly anticipated portrayal of The Mad Hatter. While Depp's performance was amazing, I thought the other characters were just as entertaining. The visual artistry of the film is amazing as you feel truly transported to a whimsical land of wonder. This movie is made for the big screen with such precision put into all of the details; everything from off-the-wall costumes to the minuscule hints of coloring added to Depp's eyelashes. This film is a feast for the eyes.
Be sure to tumble down the rabbit's hole and see this film in theaters; waiting until DVD won't do it justice.