Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska return to Wonderland in the sequel to the 2010 Tim Burton film, now directed by James Bobin. But is it a trip too far for the critics? 

Hit Fix:”So much muscle, so much effort, so much raw talent on display, and all in service of demographic-and-merchandise-driven garbage that sullies the name of the source material.”

Surrey Comet: “Director Bobin created both Ali G and Borat with Cohen so it is not be entirely surprising that together they have crafted the latter’s best character and performance in years. ”

The Guardian: ** “Bobin – not as equipped in the visual department – merely rushes from one point to the next. The ultimate effect is far from wondrous.”

Variety.com: “this lackluster go-round is a mercenary backward step for Disney’s live-action excavations of its animated back catalog.”

Indie Wire: “Less is usually more, but when it comes to this franchise, none would be ideal.”

Hollywood Reporter: “Like the Chronosphere that powers much of its action, Through the Looking Glass is the stuff of revved-up mechanics, not magic.”

Den of Geek: *** “Alice Through The Looking Glass comes alive when it sticks with its own original ideas.”

Overall Verdict: great visual effects, but the lack of faithfulness to the book (no surprise as much of it was covered in the first film) means that there is even less to enjoy in wonderland this time. A great opportunity missed! 

 

 

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