Movie Review: Alice (Neco z Alenky)

 

Hallo bunnay! Goodbye reality! Well, seeing as how it’s Halloween, I figured I should watch something different. So, I found Jan Svankmajer’s interpretation of Alice in Wonderland.

Through a mixture of live-action and stop motion animation, a girl enters a fantasyland and observes the strange behavior of the inhabitants.

The girl who plays Alice, really the sole human actor, has to do some unpleasant things. Nothing raunchy but just putting things in her mouth like wood, purple ink, gel with thumbtacks just to name a few.

In terms of color palette, it’s all based on nature and found objects. It’s a relief to the eyes for this interpretation. When dealing with fantasy, especially with retelling Alice in Wonderland, there’s a fine line between whimsical and acid trip. If you go too crazy with the colors, it can hurt to watch and, as a result, not entertaining. Here, there’s no need to worry about that.

The manifestations of the creatures are not exactly cute and cuddly. From a partially cannibalistc taxidermed rabbit to skeletons of mismatched creatures, you have quite a cast of characters. With the Queen of Hearts, she actually has her threat carried out and we see heads fall off. It’s not really an issue to survival as they’re able to move about with no problem.

The drawers are a nice feature. As seen in the image above, the drawers have the same spatial qualities as Mary Poppins’ handbag. It is quite annoying as the knob falls off every single time.

After seeing this, Neco z Alenky is now my favorite version of Alice in Wonderland. The mixture of stop motion and live-action, the manifestations of the characters, and the lack of score make this a more off-putting retelling. I was able to find this on YouTube, albeit without the subtitles. For about 85 minutes, it’s definitely worth a look, especially if you want something different to watch on Halloween night.

8/10

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