REVIEW by Max Evans of Alice in Wonderland at the regional premiere at Cineworld, Huntingdon on Thursday, February 25. FANS of Tim Burton s gothic fantasties will likely purr and roll on to their backs like the Cheshire Cat when they see Alice in Wonde

REVIEW by Max Evans of Alice in Wonderland at the regional premiere at Cineworld, Huntingdon on Thursday, February 25.


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FANS of Tim Burton's gothic fantasties will likely purr and roll on to their backs like the Cheshire Cat when they see Alice in Wonderland.

Lovers of Lewis Carroll's novels will be tickled. Children may be blown away by the film's beautiful rush. The rest of us will be underwhelmed.

In this 3D cross between a remake and a sequel, a 19-year old Alice falls down the rabbit hole to return to the magical world from her childhood.

With the help of eccentric characters including the caterpillar, the white rabbit and of course the mad hatter, Alice has to face up to her destiny by fighting the Jabberwocky.

The film looks good but is in too much of a rush with no opportunity for an atmosphere to build. Much like the Narnia films, Alice in Wonderland is a box-ticker with, hurrying through key scenes and never giving the audience a chance to care about any of the numerous underdeveloped characters.

The 3D effects work well but, unlike Avatar, there are times when exploding objects and flying tea cups seem like a gimmick.

The film stars the voices of more English actors than you could shake a stick at, including Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Stephen Fry. However, it is Tim Burton's wife, Helena Bonham Carter, who steals the show as the Red Queen. Johnny Depp is amusing as the mad hatter, however, we've seen him do this kind of thing before.

We have three pairs of tickets to give away to see Alice in Wonderland at Cineworld in Huntingdon.

To be in with a chance of winning, just tell us who played the role of the Red Queen.

Send your answer on a postcard or sealed envelope to: Alice in Wonderland competition, The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TB or email Natalie.bowyer@archant.co.uk

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STARS 3/5