Alice in Wonderland and me have a shaky history. As a child I watched a small part of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and ended up having a series of nightmares about being trapped in various places. (Yes, my nightmares have themes. Once I had a whole series of nightmares about space travel.) When I was older, I decided to push through my irrational fear of Alice in Wonderland by reading the book.
I hated the book like I haven’t hated a book since 1984 and Wuthering Heights.
However, there is a redeeming Alice in Wonderland tale and that is SyFy’s 2009 mini-series Alice.
Black-belt and karate instructor Alice lives at home with her mother. It’s been just the two of them ever since her father disappeared, and no matter how Alice searches she cannot find any sign of him. When Jack Chance, her hunky boyfriend, is kidnapped, Alice chases his kidnappers all the way into a different world.
Wonderland is full of crumbling sky scrapers and tiny vials of feelings. With Hatter’s help Alice must save Jack and find her way back home to her charming world of children’s stories.
I don’t know how to explain my love of Alice, but it has a lot to do with this guy here:
Meet Hatter as portrayed by the incomparable Andrew Lee Potts. There are several sides to Hatter. There is insane Hatter. There is charming Hatter. There is tough Hatter. There is sweet Hatter. There is brave Hatter. There is vulnerable Hatter.
And there is naked Hatter. I could go on forever. If you are not in love with Hatter by the end of this mini-series then we can no longer be friends.
All of the characters are excellent to be honest. Duchess. The Queen of Hearts. Alice herself. They all have motivations and personalities and the girls are actual people. Alice is a freaking black belt! But she’s still very much a girl. She shows that you don’t have to be one or the other: tough or girly, strong or emotional. You can be it all.
Watch this. Love it. Bask in all of Hatter’s facial expressions.