Director: Tim Burton. Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, Michael Gough, Christopher Lee. 108 min. Rated PG. Fantasy.
Never a fan of Lewis Carroll's 1865 story - but knowing the genius Burton is, I was hoping he would transform it into something enchanting. I was wrong. A more teenage-attracting 19-year-old Alice and an epic action-packed LOTR-style plot loses steam midway, and Johnny Depp (who is always good), repeating the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory persona, is not able to save the day either. The art direction is unquestionably top-notch, but I found myself yawning during the second half, waiting for the movie to end. Never thought I'd give a Tim Burton film a bad score.