Sunday, December 13, 2009
I just finished watching Alice, SyFy's latest remake of Alice in Wonderland. It's the second time I watched it. Being a writer and loving classic books, I was prepared NOT to like it. However, I already let you know that I liked it very much ~ because I watched it twice ~ and I would watch it again. :o)
What was it that captivated me so much about this particular version? The classic weaved a world beyond our imagination and filled it with characters that were memorable. They were not like anyone we knew and each individual unique even in their world. That's what I saw in this version as well. The characters weren't confined to their roles in the book however. It was fun spotting who was who from the original book, but as Hatter tells Alice, "Does this look like a children's story to you?"
Indeed, much is different in Wonderland, and it makes the story relevant to viewers today in so many ways. Another time Hatter takes Alice to a hidden library where people are trying to survive away from the Queen's "suits" and system of emotional highs. She asks why all this (the books and people) is hidden away and why the Queen would want to destroy it. Hatter explains that wisdom is her greatest threat. She controls people through quick fixes. That's pretty deep thinking from a "children's" story.
The mini-series also delves into truths such as do the ends justify the means... and it has great romance as well. The characters are multi-dimensional and deal with strengths and weaknesses. They grow and change over the course of the show. I thought it was a lot of fun to watch. Our family had a lot of fun conversation about the show.
I don't know how many more times it will run on TV, or if it will. But if you are at all interested, I suggest checking it out.
Posted by Margaret Metz at 11:04 PM