This recording is quite good, and I have a recording of nearly every play of Shakespeare's.
Helena Bonham Carter's Rosalind is unique, perfect, vibrant.
Unfortunately, the fool's songs are sung in a nasal, saccharine, twang reminiscent of high school pop ballads.
Yes, but with reservations. They are, of course, two of the great English childrens' books written for adults, and are best heard out loud, particularly the poetry. The problem is that Christopher Plummer makes some very unfortunate choices for the second book, "Through the Looking Glass." His voice for the gnat, for instance, is unintelligible, nearly inaudible. Some of the reviews I read for this disparage Carroll's characters for their annoying, hysterical tantrums. It's true that "Looking Glass" (the inferior of the two) has some moments of total chaos and mawkish sentimentality, but this is not Plummer's fault. What is, is his unaccountably unhinged rendition of those characters.
Plummer's rendition of 'Tis the Voice of the Lobster' had me laughing aloud. "Beautiful sooooooooup!"
It's too hard to choose a favorite character: the charming little French mouse, the properly Hanoverian Queen of Hearts, the slightly fey Mad Hatter; they are all, in "Wonderland" at least, perfectly pitched. As aforementioned, less so in "Looking Glass."
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