Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Movie Review: Alice


Released:  2009

Rated:  NR

Genre:  Fantasy

Length:  180minutes (3 hours)

Recommendation:  Maybe, if you like a little strange... okay really strange after comparing to the strangeness of Alice in Wonderland. lol.

In this reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Classic novels, Caterina Scorsone starts as Alice, a young woman who descends into the twisted world of Wonderland after her boyfriend is abducted by the Queen of Hearts (Kathy Bates, in an Emmy-nominated role) and forced to gamble in her royal casino.  As the Hatter (Andrew Lee Potts) helps her battle a secret society called the White Rabbit, Alice uncovers the source of the Queen's wicked power.  Tim Curry co-stars in this miniseries.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Alice brings her boyfriend, Jack Chase, home to meet her mother.  After dinner with some privacy, Jack receives a text, "RUN."  Jack asks to take Alice to meet his parents, who are "over seas."  Alice doesn't know, so Jack offers her an old family ring.  Alice decides it's to fast and sends Jack on his way.  Alice soon realizes Jack still slipped her the ring and takes off to find him.  She finds him being hit and kidnapped by strange men, one of which wears his long white hair in two long ponytails down his back.  Alice, still caring deeply for Jack, takes off after them to find her boyfriend following the white haired man through the looking glass into a strange world.

Okay, after watching this one, my husband has decided I am a little on the strange side, and I might not be able to pick movies any longer. lol. (He doesn't know how to use NetFlix, so he loses. lol!)

This was a 3 part series on SyFy some time ago and I wanted to see it, but never seemed to be around when it was on.  Thank you Netflix for having it.

And yes, it is strange, very strange, but creative.  The world we fall into is very different, yet similar, to the story of Alice in Wonderland we know.  The buildings we first see are extremely tall, and everyone walks on paths around the buildings at each level, or bridges to the next building.  The we learn that people from our world are tricked into coming to Wonderland for the Casino's use.  The Casino, run by the Queen of Hearts, uses humans to drain emotions into an elixir, which they enjoy feeling.

Oh there were many big names in this version, and I enjoyed seeing them here.

I watched this in one sitting, and at times thought of turning it off.  I got bored with it from time to time, and wondered if I wanted to watch it through.  But then I would have a moment where I'd laugh and be good to keep going.  I think in part it was because I watched the whole mini-series in one sitting, all three hours of it.


  1. Oh I warched this one too. it takes me a while because at first I didn't like it so I stopped after the first one and a year after I try another time and finally I was surprised to enjoy it. the universe is very interesting.

  2. Melliane - I can see why you would stop watching after the first episode. I was ready to turn it off about an hour to hour and half into the movie. But I just was lazy and didn't get up off the couch. lol. It is definitely a very strange universe. :) Thank you!

  3. In one sitting is hard..but I have seen this..my 17 yr old daughter is a netfix addict..great review

  4. Kimba - yea, it was a bit tough. lol. Oh, I think I'm becoming a Netflix addict too, at least for the winter months. ;) Thank you!

  5. This sounds like it would be a good book but I'm not sure if it's something I would want to watch.

  6. Simcha - Truth be told, I don't think you would like this movie so much. It was okay, and I was bored, but that's about it. It might make for a neat book though. :)


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