Alice  [US Import] [Blu-ray] [Region A]
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Abandoned by her father as a child, the independent twenty-one-year-old Alice is accustomed to men being unpredictable, but Jack Chase is something else. Just moments after surprising her with a rare family ring, hes suddenly kidnapped by two thugs and driven into darkness. It is then that Alice is confronted by a sharply dressed stranger who calls himself White Rabbit, and who promises to know more about Jack than she. Where Alice follows him is through the liquid glass of an ornate mirror. Where she lands is Wonderland, an outlandish underground city of twisted towers and parapets, staircases conceived in a Dali dream, and an otherworldly purple horizon. Soon, the words out that Wonderland has its most prized captive. It seems Alice has the ring that controls the looking glassthe key to the power of the Queen of Hearts. It was mad folly for her son Jack to give it to a girl he barely knew. But Jack had his reasons. Discovering them is up to Alice.
Director Nick Willing puts a new twist on Lewis Carroll's classic tale in this fantasy mini-series depicting Alice as a 21-year-old woman who ventures into Wonderland in search of a lost love. Soon after presenting Alice (Catarina Scorsone) with an ornate family ring, handsome Jack Chase (Philip Winchester) is abducted by a pair of hulking brutes. Approached by a well-dressed man named White Rabbit (Alan Gray) who claims to know Jack's whereabouts, Alice follows the bearded stranger into a mirror and finds herself in a surreal new world of fantasy and wonder. When the Queen of Hearts (Kathy Bates) discovers that her son bestowed a virtual stranger the ring that gives its owner power over the looking glass, it's up to Alice to determine what she should do with it. Harry Dean Stanton, Tim Curry, Matt Frewer, and Colm Meany co-star. --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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The film clearly is based on the Lewis Caroll classic novel but thats as far as it goes as this is reworked with a passion whilst still staying fairly true to the plot and concept of the original story.
Wonderland is a bizarre almost post apocalyptic world ruled over by the Red Queen (Cathy Bates) whose son Jack (Philip Winchester) has travelled through the looking glass into Alice's world - ie ours of today. Jack leaves a ring with Alice who, after seeing Jack attacked and captured falls through the looking glass into Wonderland. And so the story begins....
A brilliantly constructed film with superb effects and interpretations of facets of the original story (the flying flamingo attack craft for example) .
I enjoyed it enormously although I have to admit that my wife loathed it. I think that will be how you take this film - it's a Marmite moment - you'll either love it or loathe it.
me? I loved it.
The cast is strewn with interesting names, but Caterina Scorsone leads the way as a cynical, sassy Alice for the 21st century, with plenty of bottle and a very complete - and very satisfying - lack of Victorian innocence. With Hatter restructured to resemble one of Greene's post war Vienna chancers, playing both ends against the middle with style and panache, the whole thing has a seedy romance that is about as alien to the original novels (which I still enjoy more than half a century after first reading) as can be imagined - but works very satisfyingly none the less.
I think it's great, and it goes into my permanent collection to be returned to at frequent intervals.
If you don't know this movie, it's really different from the books or from other adaptations, but in a sense, so much better! Alice is a badass character (in an adult and modern version), and found her way through Wonderland to save her boyfriend. But so many thinks happen! You won't find the "classical" Alice in Wonderland's characters, and those who are still there are different, but in an awesome way. I highly recommend it.
I watched this years ago on tv and wanted one for myself. I love this movie and recommend it to anyone who likes a different view of a classic tale. Lots of famous faces and Andrew-Lee Potts hatter is unique and funny.
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