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Alice

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wonderfully Mad Genius

    "23-year-old Alice Hamilton knows all about Wonderland. But doesn't every child? Hadn't they all been read the stories? But after a very sudden and unexpected series of events, Alice not only finds herself there but in pursuit of 1 kidnapped boyfriend. Unfortunately, this Wonderland is NOT out of a children's story. The Queen of Hearts controls it almost like a mafia would, keeping people satisfied with quick fixes and instant gratification. Humans are in danger, Wonderland is under a shadow, and this time around...Alice may not be the only one who needs to wake herself up."

    Plot: Like the title says, the director/writer Nick Willing was a wonderfully mad genius with this movie (mini-series?). The retake is very creative but at the same time true to the source (Most of the throw-backs and references come from the books so if you haven't read them you will miss all the little ones completely). He took a simple set of mini stories and poems and turned it into a full 3-hour plot. Even more impressive is that it never drags. The ending did seem to get a touch messy and run a little on the convenient side but still. There are also some great underlying themes: finding true courage, learning to trust, doing the right not just the safe thing, and instant gratification versus the wisdom gained in experiencing both the good and the bad in life.

    Characters: Short answer? FANTASTIC. This Alice is not the delicate, blond one we are used to. This modern Alice is strong but vulnerable. Can protect herself but still needs help. Will ask for that needed help but finds it hard to trust even those who offer it. And Catarina Scorsone plays it wonderfully. She can be both a karate queen and a lost little girl. The White Knight is also quite sock-rocking in his own way. He provides a lot of the comedy, is probably the closest to his book counter part, and is just a fun character. As expected Matt Frewer plays him perfectly. It could have easily been over done but it's not. It's just right. But it's Alice's quirky, slightly eccentric, hat-loving guide through Wonderland who just completely takes the cake. I have recently relooked over the chapter where the Mad Hatter is introduced and NOWHERE does it say he is an old man with white hair. So seeing Hatter here as a young, good-looking, owner of a "tea" shop is perfectly in tune. Plus, the performance by Andrew-Lee Potts was spot on perfection. His facial expressions made me giggle, his accent is awesome, and the interaction between he and Catarina was great. The Queen of Hearts is not the comically over-dramatic vision that first pops into our heads. She is cunning, heartless, but says "Off with his head" (much to my delight). And Kathy Bates is fantastic; with a great British accent to boot.

    Special effects: Not...horrible but not the best. Better than it's predecessor "Tin Man" but still not perfect. I think the one time it looked really bad was the Jabberwock; but I was so happy to see the creature I forgive the unimpressiveness of it.

    Final word: Watch it. It's fun for the whole family.

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