Alice in Wonderland (1999) TV Movie Review
It hardly seems like the Alice in Wonderland book could have been written in 1865, but it certainly was. Lewis Carroll had an imagination that most can only dream of. Now, over 150 years later, there are still film and stage adaptations being made. But the one that sticks out as one of the best adaptations in the made-for-TV film Alice in Wonderland, which released in 1999. It combined both of Carroll's stories into one spectacle.
The amount of precise detail and beauty poured into this film paid off, making the viewers feel as if they have somehow fallen into a rabbit hole themselves and woken up alongside poor Alice as she tries to figure things out. I appreciated the fact that costumes and puppets were used rather than loads of CGI. The practical uses made me feel that the crew really tried their best at creating a thing of magnificence.
The acting was actually very well done. Martin Short was the big surprise as the Mad Hatter. He not only made me laugh, but he left me wanting more from him. Some of the best acting, however, came from the voice work for the animals. The girl that played Alice was a bit overconfident and a bit snooty, which Alice was not. That could have really hurt the film but fortunately it did not.
In conclusion, I recommend this version above all the others simply because of the fact that there were tons of effort and brilliance poured into this film and that makes it all the more desirable to watch.
© 2016 Alec Zander