I Survived Alice on Syfy [Cinema Static]

by on December 14, 2009

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Yesterday was a slow day on TV for me. Because of that, I ended up watching Tin Man and all 4 hours of Alice on the Syfy Channel on Sunday.

As I may have stated in a previous article, Tin Man was a smartly done, visionary take on The Wizard of OZ. (OZ: Outer Zone)

Alice, starring the wonderful Caterina Scorsone as “The Alice,” Andrew Lee Potts as Hatter, Matt Frewer as the White Knight, Kathy Bates as the Queen of Hearts, with Colm Meaney, Tim Curry and a slew of others, turned out to be quite the extension to the Alice in Wonderland mythos, where the first Alice had come and gone and done her damage to Wonderland.

Again, smartly done and inventive are the words I use for this, if I dare call it, sequel.

The spin on this sequel is really quite imaginative if one must extend this Alice in Wonderland story and if it had more of a lively pace, I would have enjoyed myself immensely. They’ve extended the future of that world in a path that wasn’t off kilter with what you might expect.

Or maybe if I was a fan of the original to such a degree, again, I think it would have been enjoyable.

But as a non-fan, I do have to say that it was a little hard to get through. Not impossible, but my job as a critic obligated me to check it out to be able to say something about it.

It was a thoughtful, imaginative & creative take on a sequel like take to the Wonderland story. Yet it was slow and hard to get through.

Scorsone (Crash, 1-800-Missing) did well whith what she she had and I really enjoyed Andrew Lee Potts (1408, Primeval, Ideal) work at Hatter. I’ve missed watching him as Connor Temple in Primeval.

Am I daft?

The numbers back me up a bit. In its original air date, Alice pulled in 2.3 million viewers. Compared to the much more linear story telling (It just felt more linear) of Tin Man, that brought in over 5 million viewers. It’s a shame. I was really looking forward to Alice after what Nick Willing and his team did with Tin Man. Because of that, I will always give their work a once over. They’re incredibly imaginative.

Over on IMDB, with just over 500 votes, it’s pulling a 6.9 / 10. That feels about right actually, thought I’d say 6 due to some obscure action that really seemed off kilter in pace at times.

Anyone else out there brave their way through the 4 hours of Alice on Syfy? It’s OK to fess up. I won’t tell anyone else!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Rocky89 August 15, 2010 at 11:20 am

Overall, it was a good movie and I would see it again.

Bruce Simmons August 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Ron,
Do you think you would feel differently if you watched it in installments over time?

ron bollinger August 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

To much of a good thing. WAY too LONNNNNNNNNG!!!! Will not recommend for this reason.

Rocky89 August 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm

It was a good film. 😉

Gabrial August 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm

As a lover of long movies, I was absaloutly pleased to add the Alice dvd to my collection including; Tin Man, The 10th Kingdom, and The lost room.

Although some scenes had me bobbing my head, or were so akward I cringed. I have to say that I love Andrew Lee Potts and Caterina Scorsone, and there scenes had me yelling at the tv, saying “urrgh just kiss already.” When that finale scene came together I felt like crying. Something I had already done in the film, when Alice’s father died saving her.

It was a brilliant film 🙂

Alyssa May 24, 2010 at 11:35 pm

I’ve only watched Tin Man once, but thoroughly enjoyed it. Like you, I found it imaginative and found the cinematography beautiful. I really liked Zooey Deschanel (spelled utterly wrong) as well.
I’ve watched Alice on SyFy (SciFi) and recently bought the DVD. Though some of the CGI was, well, not brilliant, and some of the action sequences were a little awkward and seemed a little forced, I genuinely loved the storyline and the talent. Kathy Bates was a fantastic queen, the White Knight was hilarious but had depth, and Jack was a little cliche but he pulled it off quite well. I wasn’t in love with Catherine throughout the beginning, I thought her acting was a little overdone (did you notice her running throughout the first half? For a black belt she has no idea how to run) but by the ending I really enjoyed her as Alice. I’ll be honest, the scene when she sees her father and is trying to convince him that she is his daughter I choked up because she seemed so genuine! Hatter (Andrew-Lee Potts), was by far my favorite. He was versatile, genuine, funny, and absolutely adorable. I definitely have a bit of a crush. I’ll have to get my hands on a copy of Tin Man to watch again and better compare.
I’d give it a 7.5 just because the acting, scenery, and plot were enjoyable enough to nullify a little of the weird action sequences.

Bruce Simmons April 26, 2010 at 7:57 am

Hey Jess! Thank you for the great feedback and confirmation on the SYFY movie ALICE! Thanks for coming by!

Jess April 26, 2010 at 5:22 am

I thought Alice was brilliant though mostly because of Andrew Lee Potts. He stole every scene he was in. Matt Frewer and Caterina Scorsone also made it well worth the watch.
I didn’t find it hard to sit through.
Some of the action and scenes could have been better timed but the level of acting and the chemistry between the characters made up for it.
I actually enjoyed Alice over Tin Man. Tin Man I found hard to sit through! I thought dragged on and had a whimper of an ending.
Where as Alice I enjoyed through to the end. WAY better application of the special effects that created an amazing world, more interesting characters and a plot line that wasn’t blindingly predictable.
So 4 hours of Alice? Easy. And I’m proud to say that I watched and enjoyed it.

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