What if there was a world where everything was upside down of what you thought you once knew? That there was another world filled with living chess pieces, tea parties and an evil red queen? Where being mad is the norm and insanity is logical thoughts? Alice in Wonderland by Disney creates a world that unique and out of the norm.
When fleeing from the idea of an arranged marriage, following a white rabbit to Wonderland. There Alice discovers she is the key to gaining the White Queen her throne and removing the crown from the Queen of Hearts. Along the way, she will discover her true self and what it takes to be a hero.
Players at War
Alice is the champion of the white court and is prophecy to slay the beast under the Red Queen’s control. At first, she sees the world as an illusion questioning everything and denying who she was as a child. Alice is intelligent, resourceful, and has a keen sense between right and wrong.
Mad Hatter is a hat maker and addicted to tea. Many wonders if the Hatter is the personal guard of the White Queen or was her champion before Alice’s arrival. He is known for speaking in riddles and is loyal to those he considers friends. He has skills as a fighter often seen using his top hat as a weapon.
Queen of Hearts is a queen known for shouting “off with their head”. Ruler of the red courts she is in control of Wonderland when Alice falls through the portal. She was once the ruler of Underhand before taking the thrown from her sister. She is vain, selfish and wants everyone to agree to what she says even when she is wrong or abusing her power.
White Queen is the younger sister of the Red Queen and was named ruler by their parents until the Red Queen stole the crown from her. Unlike her sister, she is kind and soft spoken seeing the good in everyone. She is not known for holding grudges offering her sister forgiveness only to be rejected.
Are They All Mad
Reading Alice’s Adventures Through Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Reddor, created a world that far from the ideas of a normal society. When watching Tim Burton’s darker version of the cartoon created by Disney both took a different spin on the tale.
I would give the film a seven out of ten rating. due to the realistic graphic and the rich development of the characters. The story falls a bit flat compared to the diversity of the characters. The story focus is Alice yet there are hints to other characters backstory that would have been better fully developed.
The film’s darker tone makes the film more suitable for viewers of all ages. Its shows that the world is trapped between the war of red and white showing the destruction that is common during the mists of war. I always enjoyed how the series ties in with chess. A game many use to plan strategies during wartime. Knowing that one piece can lead to either a victory or checkmate.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read