Gender Roles - Women
Gender Roles - Women: 3 Stars
Alice is a curious girl with a bold imagination. As the story opens, a very bored Alice is complaining that her sister’s dry, monotone history lesson comes from a book with no pictures. She causally walks away and dreams up a world where the animals wear clothes and the flowers can talk. She finds herself immersed in a world of fantastic characters who are constantly spinning verses and twisting words. Alice is both sharp and impetuous in challenging their twisted logic, alternately embracing and criticizing the nonsense in her Wonderland. In time, she learns a bit about the rudeness of talking flowers and the brutal behavior of unchecked monarchs. She even comments that she may someday write a book about Wonderland - despite her earlier comment about books with no pictures. By the end, it’s clear that her journey has taught her something about the value of words and the power of expression.
Character Development: 4 Stars
Alice shows us her sense of adventure the moment she sets off after the White Rabbit. She squeezes through the rabbit hole, even as she’s remarking to Dinah that this kind of curiosity often leads to trouble. She ignores her own advice and ventures on, regardless of what she might find on the other side. This is only the first of many occasions where we see Alice give in to this delicious curiosity. Alice eventually finds herself lost in Wonderland and sings about how her curiosity is always getting her into trouble. While the song is a bit sad, it gives us a deeper glimpse of this playful girl who could easily be the counterpart of Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn. We can see that she has a good heart and tries to behave like a proper young lady, but she has an itch for adventure that can’t be restrained. It’s a shame that more of the story isn’t focused on this struggle to be herself in such a prim and proper world.
Room for Improvement:
Gender Roles – Women
Self-Esteem and Body Image
Self-Esteem and Body Image: 3 Stars
Alice in Wonderland is far more focused on Alice’s vivid imagination than her blonde hair and blue eyes. Still, the story might be improved with a more modern wardrobe. Although Alice’s blue aproned dress has become somewhat iconic, it limits the scope of her adventures. An updated version with a pair of jeans and some sneakers might open doors to new worlds - places that her petticoats and buckle shoes haven’t been able to take her.
Plot: 3 Stars
Although Alice in Wonderland is a bright and imaginative story, it could use a stronger sense of purpose for its clever heroine. She has no terrible riddle to solve or villain to conquer. She quickly catches on to the strange ways that cakes and carrots make her grow and shrink, and even uses this bit of this magic against the Red Queen, but the effects are too short lived to be of much value. For the most part, Alice simply wanders about Wonderland in search of a white rabbit, distracted by the strangers and songs she encounters along the way. Although she’s billed as the protagonist, the film really isn’t about her so much as it is about Wonderland.
A curious girl named Alice wanders away from her history lesson when she catches sight of a white rabbit with a waistcoat and pocket watch. She follows him down a rabbit hole and lands in a strange world where food makes her grow and shrink, words are taken literally, and the creatures are all a bit mad. Alice makes her way through wonderland and eventually comes face to face with the Red Queen and her army of playing cards.
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