More on Syfy’s Alice

The problem we discussed yesterday about how to put a world made from words onto film was not resolved by the makers of Syfy’s “Alice.” Their solution was largely to ignore the original Alice, giving us a cliched fantasy adventure plot with plenty of romance plus the ubiquitous quest for a ring (the overwhelming presence of ads from Kay Jewelers raises questions about creative independence from the sponsor). Though the set design and occasional performance were inspired (e.g. Matt Frewer as the White Knight), we can only hope that Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland will make a better film from the unique word-world that Lewis Carroll created.

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