“Alice”, Syfy’s 2 Part Miniseries: A Review

I have just watched the second part of Syfy’s “Alice” on TV (as it has only just arrived in the UK) so have decided to do a little review on what I thought of it, I’m going to keep it spoiler free, but I’m still going to give you the option of whether or not you want to read it, so here’s a cute picture, the review will start after that:

Hello, and thanks for reading! If you don’t know much about Alice, this 2 parter is a “reimagining” of the old Alice in Wonderland tales. Set after Alice originally entered Wonderland (or even went through the looking glass), and the story is a new one, albeit drawing upon elements of the old Carroll classics. All your favourite characters are back, but rethought in radical and different ways, this is Alice in Wonderland like you would have never thought it before.

So, what can I tell you about it without being spoiler-y? Hmmm a tough one, but I’ll start with the storyline. I think it’s great, it’s exciting, easy to follow, new and clever. I really enjoyed it, but just don’t expect the stories of old, this is a full revamp of the Alice tales and as such, there is a totally new and updated storyline to contend with. It’s a good one though, and one that I think Lewis Carroll would be pleased with. All your favourite character have returned, although you wouldn’t recognise them, there’s the Walrus, Hatter, The White Knight, The White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, The Caterpillar, and that’s just for starters.

That brings me too the acting I suppose, which for the most part is great. Alice is played by Caterina Scorsone, who does a pretty good job. Unfortunately for her though is that she’s up against, Andrew Lee-Potts (Hatter) and Matt Frewer (The White Knight) and the two of them just absolutely steal the show. I mean not only is Hatter one for the ladies (with his lovely, lovely hair, and trendy hat), but he is far more then just a pretty face. He is believable, funny, and just incredible. The White Knight, well I’m not going to give too much away, but Matt Frewer just owns that role, and not only is his comic timing impeccable, but his serious acting at one point had my eyes leaking a little bit.

It’s also worth noting that one of my favourite actors Colm Meaney (The Damned United, Star Trek: The Next Generation) is in the show as well and is, as usual, brilliant.

Caterina Scorsone is good as Alice, don’t get me wrong, but at times she seems a bit weak, and slightly bland. Maybe that’s what they wanted from her, and I’m not saying it doesn’t work well in the programme, but she often seems to get lost behind a veil of more outrageous characterisation, and quality acting from other people in the show. I felt that was a bit of a shame.

The visuals in the show are great, and there are updated versions of most of what you’ll remember from the books or earlier films, and lots of little in-jokes for Carroll’s fanbase. The world that has been created looks and feels great and that really helps engulf you in the storyline.

All in all this was an incredible mini-series, which kept me thoroughly engaged for the full 180 minutes of the show, with plenty of “edge of your seat” moments and constant twists and turns leaving you unsure where the show is going to take you next. I would thoroughly recommended it not just to any of the MANY Lewis Carroll fans out there, but also to fantasy or sci-fi fiends, or anyone who’s just looking for something a bit different in their lives.

The DVD of the mini-series is available in the UK on 7 February 2011.

GS Reporter: George

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