Malice in Wonderland
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Instead of being loosely adapted by the Lewis Carroll tale, it was almost a literal translation of the story, except all the characters were rewritten to fit into today's seedy British underworld of lowlife gangsters, drug lords, addicts and pimps, as seen through the eyes of Terry Gilliam.
Alice (Maggie Grace) is an American law student in London, whose parents are insanely wealthy. Struck down by a cab operated by Whitey (the White Rabbit, excellently portrayed by Danny Dyer), she awakens with amnesia in Wonderland, a world that's a million miles from home.
We follow her various escapades as she is dragged through an underworld filled with twisted individuals and some of the lowest forms of human life imaginable by the enigmatic Whitey, who speaks in perverse rhyme with a crazed cockney accent. Alice desperately needs to regain her senses, which isn't easy when she's repeatedly drugged, remember who she is, where she's from, and figure out a way back while she's still in one piece.
A quick tempo aids this flick from dragging, surrealistic neon landscapes and absurd characters and camera angles keep our interest, and a logical but predictable ending closes this illogical lunacy.
3 ½ stars for the flick, rounded up to 4 stars simply because it was a hell of a lot better than I expected, with `Malice' aforethought.
Updated, after more than a month of Amazon leaving this broken video up for rent, they finally decided to fix it. I was able to finally watch it and update my review. It was an enjoyable dark version of Alice in Wonderland that strayed far from the original but kept close enough to have the Wonderland feeling to it.
This film is simply AWESOME It keeps with the idea of the Lewis Carol story brilliantly. When I first saw it I assumed that it would be to Alice in wonderland what the movie Freeway was for Little Red Riding Hood, I was wrong. This story keeps more to the actual source material not only in feel, but also with character and plot-line development. What sounds a bit off of kooky actually works in a way that left me in awe. This movie has instantly become one of my favorite lil' indies.
Acted to the nines by everyone involved, most of whome I've never heard of save for Maggie Grace who was in last years sleeper hit "TAKEN", directed with an artsy flair and delivered with endearing locations, and visuals one can not help but to fall down the rabbit hole again.
I say go watch *SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEAD*
and get yourself a copy of Malice in wonderland
The Alice character herself came across as childlike. Although quite clearly (and attractively) an adult woman, her shortie skirt, trusting nature, soft features, and ineffectual style made her seem pampered and protected from life's harsher realities. And, despite the characters wholly wrapped up in their own interests and avarice, there was a childlike lack of sexual undertone. This movie isn't for children by any means, but still carries a childlike innocence under its very grown-up presentation.
This movie worked well in that odd place, close enough to Dodgson's original for homage but far enough to be its own creature. It doesn't try to insert itself into the original Alice mythos, unlike some unfortunate recent efforts, but still keeps the original in mind. I liked the net result - not one of the greats, not by a long shot, but still an interesting view.
This is the fourth of five relatively recent efforts to "out-weird" Carroll by taking the framework of his story and constructing a feature film that reflects the director's inner child at the expense of the wit and wisdom of the source material.
If a perverse homage is your cup of tea and you don't hold your own image of the Mad Hatter sacred, then you should check out this film along with the other four: Tim Burton's recent release, Terry Gilliam's "Tideland" (2005), Czech animator Jan Svankmajerand "Alice" (1988), and the one that started the trend-Richard Elfman's "Forbidden Zone (1982). "Malace" is the best of the group if only because it captures more of the original's spirit. It's gotten to be a rather well-traveled path but this one benefits from a closer association to the original "Wonderland".
In this case Carroll's story is transported to the gritty underworld of modern day East London (insert lowlifes, drug lords, addicts and pimps here). But not so gritty that there are not a lot of bizarre characters with counterparts in the original wonderland and looking glass worlds.
Lost's Maggie Grace plays Alice Dodgson (Carroll's real last name although she has amnesia and is nameless for most of the story - perhaps a symbolic connection to his use of a pen name).Read more ›
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ive watched this movie before and love it but theres no audio so i cant watch itPublished 13 days ago by katelyn
This is an awesome movie Even though it isn't really about the original, Lewis Carrol, but as it is, in England Very well done. A lot of surprises inside.Published 5 months ago by CATHERINE MARGGRAF
I just Loved this dark twist on my favorite children story! I thoroughly enjoyed this new look on my favorite characters!Published 9 months ago by Lilac De Sprite
Malice in Wonderland is a stupid but fun B-movie. The film is a more quirky than trippy take on the Alice story. Alice herself is easy on the eyes and Whitey is likable enough. Read morePublished 9 months ago by rbrogan3
Have wanted this movie for a long time, finally ordered it. Shipped and arrived on time. Plays fine and I'm overjoyed to own it.Published 10 months ago by Hannah Jenkins
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