Sunday, February 19, 2017


Hello movie fans and welcome to another installment of the TRASH BIN, where we watch the worst movies Hollywood has to offer, according to the critics, and give you our thoughts, good or bad. This week's pick is the sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, the 2016 film ALICE THROUGH THE  LOOKING GLASS.

The film was a visual masterpiece and the special effects definitely got my attention. However, I found the film lackluster at times and the storyline was slightly confusing. The premise of the film was for Alice, played by the delightful Mia Wasikowska, to go back in time and help the Mad Hatter, played by Depp. Her screen presence and great chemistry with the cast made the film worth watching.

Just like in Alice in Wonderland, Alice has to interact in the real world and Wonderland. She has difficult choices to make in both worlds. Her ex-fiancee Hamish Ascot ends up taking over her father's company while she was at sea. Then she learns that her friend, the Mad Hatter is in trouble.

My favorite scene of the film is Alice reuniting with the Mad Hatter. These two characters have a strong connection and that is important to me as an audience member. I'm not interested in watching a film where I don't care about the characters.

Alice Through the Looking Glass was far from a horrible movie. But, it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. The highlight of the film for me was Alan Rickman playing the role of the caterpillar. It was one of his last roles and another reason why I enjoyed the film.

Critics were not head over heels for this film to say the least, receiving a 30% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, "What does all this have to do with Lewis Carroll? Hardly anything" and that overall, "It's just an excuse on which to hang two trite overbearing fables and one amusing one". Alice Through the Looking Glass is not that bad of a movie; but it doesn't compare to its predecessor.

Alice Through the Looking Glass had a great cast and concept. It just didn't follow through. It has good visual design and Mia Wasikowska's characterization of Alice.  This movie is a great pick for when the kids are stuck inside on a rainy day.

Lisa's Score: 6.5/10

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