Alice Through the Looking Glass
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I give this version top marks as it is the only version ive seen that is so faithful to Lewis Carrolls text. The nonsensical situations and conversations work perfectly without any actor having to go overboard with silliness. Many versions annoy me as the actors feel that have to act as daft and 'mad, totally mad' as they can. No need! the material is weird enough. This version feels weirder as a result cos the actors play it down a bit and act as if everything is as it should be when it clearly isnt.
The Alice stories were not all happy happy bouncy silly madness. Specifically, Through the Looking Glass has a dark edge to the insanity. And no songs is quite refreshing.
Oh and read the book, there is no plot, Alice is trying to reach the final square to become queen. If this is too challanging, forget Svankmejers version and go straight to the Disney infant friendly version.
There are a few moments in the film ("Walrus and the Carpenter", the Train Ride, "Jabberwocky" and the Finale) that are actually rather unsettling at times and might scare younger viewers, so I suggest that Parents watch this film first to gauge whether their child could watch it and not be frightened.
I wish this production team had done the previous Alice story as well. Top Notch.
It's done more beautifully than one could expect from a TV production (of course, it's not just TV, it's BBC).
All the acting in this movie is perfect in my opinion. Everyone fits perfectly in their roles, with a special mention of Sir Ian Holm who, at least for me, became the White Knight. His portrayal is so touching it brings me to tears everytime. Interesting trivia is that he played Lewis Carroll himself in a lovely movie called "Dreamchild".
Kate is wonderful in her role, and to be honest, I'd much rather have a grown woman from Britain playing Alice than an american girl trying to fake an accent.
If you read the book and liked it, this is an absolute must-see!
Ian Holm (aka Bilbo Baggins) gives an excellent flare to my favorite poem from the book, which I was pleased to hear, "A-Sitting on a gate." He adds a distinct take on the poem I had never heard before.
Kate Beckinsale (Kate Beckin-saul) makes a great appearence as a grown up Alice. Though it is vague why she is Alice and not a child, to explain, she is reading to her daughter and falls into the book herself. The ending poem was magnificant with Kate's voice mingling with the child's in that wonderful English tone, in which all Alice should sound like. She made me wish that she did a reading of the book for purchase!
My only question while watching the film was, where is it filmed? One might assume UK, but sometimes they film in New Zealand..and though I lived there and know everything New Zealand I am still unsure. The one large tree towards the end of the film looking quite familar. Does anyone know?
If you have any ideas, please contact me.
And have fun falling through the looking glass.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a very kid friendly movie. I became caught up in the movie, just like I was apart of the movie.Published 1 day ago by Gwedalyn Wilson
An attempt to stick to the book's intent, but it becomes tiresome. Beckinsale seems strangely flat here, as are the sets and costumes. Not worth bothering with.Published 1 day ago by P. Byrne
Okay, here's the thing. It is good as is it were a movie t h at was filmed like a play. Then I would give it 5 stars because it would be an excellent play. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Rob
Better than average! But mostly looking forward to the New Disney Release!Published 12 days ago by Alan G.
It was very weird and the cinematography was choppy and confusing. The acting was not what I was expecting.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
awful movie. Terrible acting. How can Kate Beckinsale be in a movie that looks like it was made before Wizard of Oz.
This can't even be classified as a "B-Movie".
This pretty much stays true to the book. There are a couple of differences, but they are very minor. I liked it!Published 19 days ago by james e harris iii