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Which Alice in Wonderland Movie Is Best?

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Alice in Wonderland remains one of the most popular classic tales to have captivated generations of readers and viewers. There have been numerous attempts to convert it into a movie but which of them have been most successful?

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Regarded by many as the definitive film version of Lewis Carroll’s story, this effort received a lukewarm reception upon release but has grown in stature since then. Kathyrn Beaumont voices Alice in what was originally going to be a mixture of live-action and animated sequences but ended up being completely animated instead.

The director insisted that the movie stay largely faithful to the book, meaning that it is closer to the original than most other versions. This means that it’s very different from Tim Burton’s dark, slightly twisted movie that we will look at next. It remains one of the most loved versions and it is the first image that springs to mind for many people when they think of these characters.

The massive impact of the Alice stories means that they can be seen in other elements of popular culture. For instance, Salvador Dalí created illustrations based on the characters, and rock groups Aerosmith and Jefferson Airplane mention the book in songs. The story has also been alluded to in many TV shows ranging from Lost to Star Trek and much more.

A 2010 video game based on the movie of the same year was released, with several of the actors from the film also appearing in the game. A look at the games in the live casino section of the William Hill website reveals the Adventures Beyond Wonderland Live game, where a wheel of fortune is used and players can watch the live-action controlled by presenters who are dressed up to fit the theme. The variety of genres that have incorporated the iconic Alice theme demonstrates the massive potential to be creative with Carroll’s characters.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Director Tim Burton turns this re-make into a typically bright and bold adventure, as the characters are brought to life with outrageous outfits and strangely-shaped heads. A grown-up version of Alice is played by Mia Wasikowska, while Johnny Depp turns in a wonderfully over-the-top performance as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter convert the Red Queen into a spoilt, easily annoyed tyrant.

The movie has received a broad mixture of reviews, with the costumes and visual presentation being widely praised but the ending of the movie being criticized for its lack of coherence and unnecessary series of action sequences. It doesn’t make it onto our list of the top 10 Tim Burton films, but as the second-best grossing movie of 2010, it performed well enough to warrant a follow-up in the shape of 2016’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.

The question of which movie is best really comes down to personal preference, as both are hugely entertaining in their own way. In fact, given the different approaches taken on these two films, it is easy to enjoy both of them and see how the same characters are brought to life in completely different ways.

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