Released: May 27, 2016
Genre: Action & Biography
Where I Got It: Seen at the theaters
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter.
It has been a while since I read the books and seen the first movie. I’ve been dying to see this film since I heard it was being made. Can’t help but love the story and the world. However, it is easy to catch up since the story of Alice and Wonderland is so famous.
This was fun. It was nice to see the old cast return even though it was super, duper sad that Alan Rickman has passed. WAH! SO MUCH SADNESS!!! The rest of the cast did pretty good and they pretty much personify the characters. Depp, who plays the Hatter, seemed off of game in this one. I’m not sure what it was….but he seemed disconnected with his character. Yes, yes, The Mad Hatter himself was off and sad, but even during the scenes when he is “normal”, Depp seemed off. Mhm. I wasn’t a fan of the performance of Father Time. Meh. I could be biased, because the actor is comedian and I prefer him being a fool in movies. Too serious of a role for the man.
I did love the time travel bit, but I feel it took away from the story in many ways. Strange since this is a time travel movie. There was little interaction with the looking glass compared to the book. They should have named this, “Alice and the Time Travelling Adventures”. Seeing the characters in their younger years and understanding more about the Hatter and the two queens was entertaining and necessary. However, the journey to travel to the past, the past traveling, and the Father Time bit was long and drawn out. There really was no baddie in this. Yes, running from Father Time could be considered the “baddie”, but it wasn’t intense enough. This honestly felt like a fan-fiction more than an adaptation of the books.
Like I mentioned it was a fun ride, but there were so many little things that bugged me, that it made it hard to fully enjoy the film as much as I wanted to.
In the end, I do recommend watching this if you are a fan of the movie or of the books. It was fun and cute. A few issues that irked me, but overall still worth a watch. Personally, though, I feel it is a one-time watch.
Now…the rating? I’ve been debating with myself for a while on what to give this film….mhmmm….I’m still debating as I type this. I think I shall settle on a 3. Nearly a 2, but I think a 3 will suffice