Malice in Wonderland
I’m not sure if this has been mentioned here before but I LOVE “Alice in Wonderland”. I’ve read both books, I have the annotated “Alice” and I’ve seen more movie versions of this story than the average human. Malice in Wonderland is not one of my favorites. While not completely horrible and actually rather fun, this version is beaten out by a Czechoslovakian version featuring dead puppets. Just sayin’.
Starring Maggie Grace (“Lost”), this version of Alice goes to a more traditional dark place rather than the usual abstract. Alice is in London and the movie starts with her running away (from what we’re not sure). She gets hit by a cab whose driver agrees to drop her at the hospital after a nearby couple shout they saw him hit her (he wanted to leave her in the street, he’s in a big rush you see). Obviously, cabbie is the White Rabbit (here known as “Whitey”). Instead of taking Alice to the hospital, he takes her to a boardwalk where he’s supposed to be picking up a “package”. Here Alice runs into a gang of undesirables and from there she gets sucked into a seedy underworld of drugs, gangs and some version of the mafia. Oh, and there’s a DJ that can stop time.
There are some fun moments here, like when Alice (who pops pills the entire movie) goes into a diner, takes a pill then wakes up looking like a punk rock version of Alice and ends up at the world’s most awkward tea party but there’s also a lot of boring (especially in the middle). Overall, the movie’s pretty trippy (though not as trippy as “Alice in Acidland”) but there’s lots of bits and pieces that are just a little bit off (the DJ makes more sense as the Mad Hatter rather than Chessie for example) and there’s the fact that the whole story becomes a plot device for Alice to find her long lost mother. So yeah, this one is good for a rainy day.