It's quite a noisy film, and this relentless scraping and abrasive sound create a texture in and of itself. As far as an adaptation of the book, it is different, and much like other Švankmajer films, almost the entire thing seems to be shot in some dank basement.
"alice thought to herself... alice thought to herself 'now you will see a film... made for children... perhaps... ' but, I nearly forgot... you must... close your eyes... otherwise... you won't see anything..." no matter how good, how gothic, or how imaginative you think tim burton is, his reimagination of lewis carroll's alice in wonderland will not exceed jan svankmajer's. a magical work from a true surrealist.
Crafty as any other Svankmajer's films. This Alice is weird to the eyes and strange to the ears, mixing Carrol's story with a twisted universe where childhood meets mud, darkness and cold waters. A very singular adaptation, worth seeing by Wonderland lovers.