July 29, 2012

Sunday Matinée: Alice (A Syfy Miniseries)

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Director: Nick Willing

Writer: Nick Willing

Stars: Caterina Scorsone, Kathy Bates & Andrew-Lee Potts


Favorite Quote: “And then they fled from the roof on flamingos.”


Welcome to a whole new Wonderland. A reimagining of the classic Lewis Carroll stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass taking place about 150 years later with sci-fi and additional fantasy elements added.

Okay, so technically this isn’t a movie as much as it is a mini-series from Syfy, but frankly my dears Alice is too amazing to miss on a technicality. So with that said let’s get to important stuff shall we?


Lately I have been big on fairytale retellings/dystopian-esque everything and this movie certainly fit both bills! We start in the modern world where girl met boy, but boy isn’t exactly the person she believes him to be. Said boy, Jack, gets kidnapped by a mysterious man sporting pigtails; however Jack isn’t the only thing the man is after. Said girl, Alice, had received a present from Jack that the man wants also and won’t take no for an answer when it comes to getting it. When the man flees, Alice chases after him and stumbles into a mirror and is transported into an alternate universe, a Wonderland if you will.


Luckily, Alice has a few tricks up her sleeves as well but still needs help to find Jack and get him back as well as why the man needed her present. Soon she meets up with Hatter in this dystopian type world and together they go throughout the land looking for answers and change.  A lot of twists and turns, a bit of sexual tension, a kooky knight, as well as Alice being a wanted woman make for quite the adventure.


I fell in love with this movie and loved every minute of it. Plus there is an appearance by Tim Curry and of course Kathy Bates makes an excellent Queen of Hearts. I also liked the concept of how the Wonderland functioned by using human emotions as currency, something that the people of Wonderland can’t experience unless in liquid form. Very intriguing and definitely qualifies it for the “dystopian craze” that is going around (at least for me anyway).


My Rating: 4 out of 5 checkers: