“Alice Through The Looking Glass” just hit theatres. This sequel comes six years after Disney’s first live-action attempt at Alice’s Wonderland adventures. Was the wait worth it? Should you catch this film over the weekend?
The reviews are in. Forbes compared the movie with 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Their film reviewer, Scott Mendelson, called it “a superior film in nearly every way” to its predecessor. “The visuals are cleaner and less muddy,” his review read. “The story has a better forward momentum.”
However, despite being better, Mendelson still doesn’t think it was enough. “It doesn’t quite reach the status of ‘good,'” he insisted. The Forbes film critic said the movie managed to turn its heroine Alice into a “mostly passive observer.” He also dismissed the ending as “a generic action-ish finale.”
Similarly, The Guardian critic did not mince words. “This new movie is just machine tooled CGI fantasy fare,” Peter Bradshaw said in his review. Bradshaw said this sequel mostly ignored author Lewis Carroll. This, despite the fact that Carroll wrote the novels upon which this film was based. He also called Johnny Depp’s take on the Mad Hatter “tiresome” and “sanitised.” However, the Guardian reviewer did admit he enjoyed Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. Her performance, Bradshaw wrote, “saves this Alice sequel from flat lining utterly.”
Screen Rant critic Sandy Schaefer, on the other hand, dismissed the movie as “more of a shiny, yet hollow, Disney product.” Schaefer did not think this sequel was a “meaningful continuation of Alice’s story.”
“Alice Through The Looking Glass” opened this week. Fans still have time to go catch it on the big screen. Will you still give Alice another chance? Will you still buy tickets for this movie? The critics have already spoken. Do you think the movie can still prove them wrong?