Alice in Wonderland is a fantastic coming of age story in which our heroine, Alice, falls into a land ruled by the tyrannical Red Queen and encounters the Mad Hatter and other desperate characters who have forfeited various degrees of sanity to survive. Alice confronts a host of fearful creatures as she maneuvers Wonderland to save her friends. She ultimately must face the dreaded Jabberwocky and find the courage to fight evil and be love's champion. In the process, Alice becomes an adult, taking responsibility for her decisions and her dreams.
I would recommend this movie to anyone that wants a trip down the rabbit hole to meet strange and memorable characters that may resemble some folks you know "in the real world." Realize; however, that small children may be very frightened by the violence.
The fight to reclaim "good" is a desperate and bloody one.
My overall impression: Go for it, if for no reason other then the sheer talent of the ensemble cast. From the wonderfully vicious Helena Bonham Carter to Alan Rickman as the wise if cryptic Caterpillar through Christoper Lee as the magnificently evil Jabberwocky, the acting (with the exception of Anne Hathaway, whom I normally love in anything she does, mind you), is fabulous and worth the price of admission. Johnny Depp is inspired in this role as in many others, veering unerringly between sweetness and violence. Then, you get the bonus of the stunningly psychedelic if nihilistic visuals ... sort of the jungle of the Na'vi gone rotten. And finally, the Cheshire Cat makes any film worthwhile - thankfully NOT pink, as he is usually portrayed by Disney.
Rating: Three-and-a-half Miners out of four.