The British writer Lewis Carrol whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote an epic children’s book called “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” which has been a favorite of many a children through generations. The adventures of a little girl child called Alice who falls down a rabbit hole to a mysterious land full of illusions and unusual characters pulls at the heart of children in more ways than one. The timeless appeal of this book has been the source of more than 20 movies, the earliest of which rolled out as far back as 1903. Last year Disney magic was been added to it and caused enthusiastic resurgence as it returned to the big screens. With hype surrounding this film children will want to be seen in one of the costumes for any movie costume event that would be held this year especially for Halloween.
The adaptation of this year’s movie has been somewhat different from than the usual films on the theme and has been closer to the original book. Lo and behold Alice has grown up from being a little girl but all the characters in the book are yet playing their role in this film. The film visualizes Alice as she returns to wonderland as an adult with her earlier visit only a haze in her mind the memory prodded by many playbacks and dreams. What would she do? Will she assist the denizens of Wonderland to fess up to the Red queen and her evil minions? Would she just stand back and watch as Jabberwocky with Bandersnatch try to have the white queen returned to her throne. All this makes an exciting film but is yet only half the story told. The other half of the thrill of this new movie is the creative collaborations in the movie.
Marking the 6th collaboration between actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton the movie lives up to the visual feast it promises whenever these two individuals team up. Joining them is Colleen Atwood a remarkable Hollywood costume designer whose partnership with director Tim Burton goes beyond that between the director and Depp. The movie brings together the strong visual imagery of Burton, Atwood’s marvelous costume productions and combines it with Depps passion for the weird and outrageous. You can let your imagination run riot as you think of what this trio will produce as costumes for settings such as wonderland and individuals such as the Mad Hatter.
As kids and parents try to copy the costumes of this particular movie for the next costume event they might have a creative nightmare. One thing is however, if they stick with it and see it through, the Alice in Wonderland costumes inspired by this movie will be stunners which could all break records if they were scored for creativity and fun. So work on it. Enough with the off the shelf, run of the mill Alice in Wonderland costumes this Halloween. Lets do justice to Lewis Carrol and be dressed out in something that’s full of imagination and magic. Lets rediscover adventure though the most creative Alice in Wonderland costume ever.