Every story has to have a happy ending, right? In the end, when the curtain falls, you want the poetic justice meted out. You want the lovers to meet and the underdog to emerge the hero. But, not all stories are meant to have that destiny. ‘Alice’s misfortunes in
It starts off with an eerie sense of premonition, warning the audience to be prepared for the uncertain, for the clipping of the innocent wings. And it delivers them almost immediately. As the reality of the contemporary world is slowly brought forward; the misery of the poor maidens, their lives subjected to the crude power of money that turns even their groans of pain into supposed moans of pleasure is discomforting, to say the least.
Alice, a lonely homeless girl on the streets of Soho, scavenging trash bags for food, speaks of a mind-numbing pain. She yearns for “a change away from this despair and into something extraordinary”. Grace Link, who plays Alice, is impressive in her characterization of the lonely and already broken being. As Alice is found and pitied by the White Rabbit (Faye Bennett), who assures her of a better life; in goes Alice into the Underworld; a world of no-return. She encounters the unforgettable Queen of Hearts (Emma Ralston), whose admission of her seals her fate.
The editing is neat, maintaining the pace steady, albeit slow. The abrupt cutting of the scenes adding the necessary layer of uncertainty to sync with the screenplay, makes the film engaging. The writer, Nikki S Colt, who also plays the Mad Hatter, focuses on the details of a “golden cage” very well.
Trapped in the comfort and luxury of the Underland, Alice bitterly realizes that in this world there are no free lunches. Entrapped and helpless, just as Alice and the audience alike start to lose
Alice’s short-lived misfortunes and