the previous one, even when seen in the 2D formats side by side. Instead, some of the fear has been taken out, with far less of a bad guy being presented, and more Alice just being… well, stubborn Alice.
Hathaway, who had quite a few breathy lines as the White Queen to deliver in the last film, is pushed aside as well. Even Bonham Carter as the Red Queen is given almost nothing but a few of her trademark lines. I thought that Sasha Baron Cohen did a good job as Time, but the script that was given to him almost sounded like one of his Ali G skits. He makes himself entertaining, but he could have been so much more.
I personally think that the main problem with this movie is that so much of the last film bordered on nightmare fuel for some of the younger viewers. Between the Bandersnatch and the Jabberwokke, there was a lot of fear presented (it was Tim Burton as director, after all). This sequel waters those characters down to brief appearances that are barely fearful. There is very little in this movies that isn’t family friendly, and that’s one of my problems with it – it seems to be straddling the line between a movie for adults and a movie for kids. I don’t have a problem with line straddling when done well (see: almost any Pixar film), but when you try to mix the two unsuccessfully, what you get is both parties bored to tears.
I think that overall, this movie lacked a lot of things. If it wasn’t for the colorations and the action, I’d probably give this an “F”. But technically, the movie is very well made. The animation is flawlessly executed and the effects are brilliant. This isn’t enough to make the movie good though.
I’m going to end by giving this movie a “D-“. I wish I could have enjoyed it more.
Check out what I thought about the original here.
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