Once upon a time…..
As someone who loves fairy tales, I’m a bit harsh when it comes to opinions on when people try to revamp, twist or darken them. I don’t often write my opinions on this subject but normally just express them to my friends. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, anyone? However, I have to say something on this before it goes on.
I love the series Once Upon A Time (OUAT). It is casted with great actors who are have done wonderful things prior to the series. The twists on some the characters we all love and know are beyond what expected. My fave character is Regina the Evil Queen mainly because the actor portrays the character so well. It is a wonderful series. With that be said I had high hopes for the spin off Once Upon A Time in Wonderland (OUATWL).
How quickly my hopes were dashed with the release of the first episode. I enjoyed the cross over with the original series and the plot in general was good. For most part the characters are good. My big problem with the spin off is the casting of the Red Queen. It appears the actor cast for the character was casted based on looks only. Of which her look is that of an overly botoxed model from the runway who was put in a red dress and was told to pout as that is the only facial expression allowed while being on botox. There was no emotional expression other then pouting and a hint of boredom with the character throughout the episode.
The Red Queen as described by Alice is murderous. Which is something the book tells us as well as her being manic. I expected Red to be clever, vain and a bit crazy. Well what we got was a bored looking blonde model without any clear acting talents flicking her wrist and pouting at the camera. I must say that this is a fail in casting a villain.
So why cast a young looking actor that can’t even show emotional expression with tone of voice or with her eyes as one the villains?! Could it be that casting director liked the actor’s look and thought she would grow into the role, or maybe there was a rush to replace the original actor who opted out or maybe someone slept with someone for the role. I honestly don’t know and you can pick whatever reason you want but to me it clear that they went with the wrong actor and she has some catching up to do on learning to act compared to the rest of the cast who obviously had acting lessons.
With that off my chest I must say that I think I will stick to the original series and will avoid the the spin off. Bad acting of one the main characters can be the downfall of series that could be great.