Spotlight: Through Burton’s looking glass

I have lost count of the amount of times I have seen the trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland: I cannot wait to see it.

Set to be released on 5 March it features, if you haven’t already heard, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and relative newcomer Mia Wasikowska as Alice.

Quite a few stills have been released and they look fantastic. Vivid colours, bizarre characters and excellent costumes mean that the stakes are high and Burton is promising a lot. Wired magazine has lots of articles about Alice including an in-depth look at the Cheshire Cat. The Cheshire Cat is a very memorable character in the original stories and in the Disney classic I must admit I was quite scared of it. Looking back now, as a “grown-up” 21-year-old, the Cheshire Cat is highly intriguing. Able to disappear and reappear at will, he is very mysterious, especially with his philosophical questions to Alice.

In one of the stills, the Cheshire Cat appears in the sky with turquoise eyes, a big toothy grin and a striped-grey face. It would appear that the Cheshire Cat’s cheekiness has not been lost in translation. Stephen Fry has lent his voice to the role and that has only increased the anticipation of seeing what he will actually be like.

Now add the excitement of seeing new reworkings of the Mad Hatter, the iconic blue dress, the White Rabbit and the “DRINK ME” bottles and I am one very excited movie-goer. Don’t forget it is in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX-3D too.

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