Alice (1988)

“Neco z Alenky”, also known as “Alice”, stars Kristyna Kohoutoua and is directed by Jan Svankmajer, who also wrote the screenplay. It’s based on the novel written by Lewis Carroll titled “Alice in Wonderland”.

“Alice” starts off with a young girl who warps her way into a bizarre world. The twist here is that she doesn’t arrive in this world by falling down a rabbit hole, but by crawling into a drawer of a dresser. In this bewildered world, she comes across a strange line of characters that include the white rabbit and the caterpillar shown in the most simple, but unique, style.

Don’t expose this to kids. The opening narration states that It’s a film for children. This is far from true. It’s clearly an adult picture. A creepy, if not frightening, fantasy told through the eyes of Jan Svankmajer, a man who obviously has a dark half. This is a twisted version of the beloved novel “Alice In Wonderland”. A slow but engaging film that’s full of ideas that keep getting wilder as it proceeds. The stop-motion animation is remarkable for the time it was made. Don’t expect much dialog here, for there is hardly any at all. As for the acting, not much was needed for the role of Alice. She just had to be adorable and Kristyna Kohoutoua manages to do just that.

I found myself patiently waiting to see if the next scene would be stranger than the last. Some of the scenes are a little bit too weird and play out too long. This doesn’t effect the entirety of the movie. This film is so over the top, it put me in a state of awe. A dark film with eye-widening events that take place one after the other. It isn’t hilarious, but somewhat humorous in a very dim and gloomy way. This is an impressively enticing film that’s both memorable and imaginative in indescribable ways.

A haunting experience that takes you by surprise with every door that is opened, every key that is found, and every piece of mushroom that is eaten. “Alice” can be very unnerving, yet fascinating, at times. Other times, the film is just plain original. Either way, it’s worth a look. This is a true spellbinder, recreating the frightening imagination of a child named Alice and possibly the worst acid trip of recent memory.

2 thoughts on “Alice (1988)”

  1. Derek, I was just assigned to comment on a review. In the spirit of
    reconciliation I’ve chosen this one since yours is 1) atypically out
    of the mainstrem (as is most of mine) yet (2) an excellent example
    of the standard critique format most often found in media today.

    In all three considerations, point of view, summary and listing credits,
    your review is an ideal model. In fact, yours is by far better than that
    chosen by Netflix to “review” Alice…people that hire reviewers of the
    kind that characterize, O Lucky Man, a musical.

    The only addition I might have made had this been my review would have
    been to spend a little more time on Svankmayer’s work, his employment
    of enhanced household and yard articles for his animations and the highly
    extended interpretations suggested in his work (allowed by his techniques)
    to grant leaps Lewis Carroll, an opium addict, intended and that Walt
    Disney had to disallow in order to reach the silver screen with it.

    Regardless I would give your review a successful rating.

  2. James,

    Thanks for reading. This review was written before I was a certified blogcritic and might not be my writing in top form. But, anyways, thanks for reading.

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