BACK IN 2010, TIM BURTON RE-IMAGINED DISNEY’S 1951 ANIMATION MASTERPIECE, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, INTO A LIVE-ACTION PIECE OF MEDIOCRITY WHERE MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE HE TOOK WAY TOO MANY “CREATIVE” LIBERTIES. FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, A FEW NEW POSTERS BACK IN THE OLD FORUM SCREAMED AT US NON-STOP BECAUSE WE WOULDN’T CONSIDER ALICE IN WONDERLAND ‘010 FOR THE RAZZIES THAT THE LAST AIRBENDER LED THE RACE FOR. AS THE 2010 NOMINATIONS PROVED, WE HAD BIGGER FISH TO FRY, INCLUDING TWILIGHT 3, WHICH ALSO HAD NEUTRAL REVIEWS.
BUT WHAT HAVE WE HERE? A SEQUEL? ONE THAT’S GETTING WORSE REVIEWS WITHOUT TIM BURTON BEHIND THE CAMERA? UNFORTUNATELY, YES. ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS IS ALAN “SEVERUS SNAPE” RICKMAN’S BIGGEST POSTHUMOUS FILM ROLE AND SPORTS IMPRESSIVE VISUALS, JUST LIKE THE PREVIOUS ONE, BUT SUFFERS FROM AN UNDERWHELMING SCRIPT THAT DISTANTLY UNDERPASSES ALL THE BEST CINEMATIC WORK BASED ON LEWIS CARROLL’S LITERATURE. IT HAS AMONG THE YEAR’S BIGGEST ENSEMBLE CASTS AMONG FILMS WITH NEGATIVE REVIEWS, THREATENING HARSH FORTUNES FOR ALL INVOLVED, ALONG WITH CONSIDERATION FROM US FOR WORST ENSEMBLE CAST.
BUT WHAT SAY YOU? IF YOU CAN STRENGTHEN THE ARGUMENT FOR CONSIDERING ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS FOR THE WORST OF 2016 RAZZIES, OR HAVE A BETTER IDEA WHAT TO NOMINATE IT FOR, BREAK ALICE’S MIRROR BELOW!
R.T. (25-30%): "It's just as visually impressive as its predecessor, but that isn't enough to cover for an underwhelming story that fails to live up to its classic characters."
Andrés Nazarala R. (3/7): "Despite everything, Bobin surpasses his predecessor with a convoluted story that includes flashy elements like 3D psychedelia, retro-futuristic gadgets, Sacha Baron Cohen playing TIME (one of the main characters of this project) and an ALICE that's stuck between fantasy and the greeds of the British high society. A children's movie about alienation. IDEAL FOR: Seeing Mia Wasikowska in another period piece."
Gabriel Bahamondes (2/6): "If the 2010 movie directed by Tim Burton already left a lot to be desired, this sequel helmed by filmmaker James Bobin (THE MUPPETS) falls apart almost entirely by attempting to leave an impact only through its shape, extravagances and a parade of twisted secondary characters."
Ana Josefa Silva: "Behind all the shenanigans and adventures, at the end of the day the movie is a story about how affections, friendships, families, how we live and how we're affected by losses, how we make mistakes and hurt our loved ones; that sentence one should never have uttered because if we had known the pain we caused to those we love we never would've said it. KEEP AN EYE: Don't bring small kids. There are a lot of subplots and some scary worlds."
Diego Muñoz (1/5): "Poor Lewis Carroll. To say that this saga that Tim Burton started with the previous movie (2010) is ALICE IN WONDERLAND "only by name" is being generous. [...] The relationships between the characters feel forced and perhaps the worst crime of all is to try to inject logic into a world that has always been characterized for its almost pathological madness."
I just saw it. For your consideration:
-Worst Actor (or Supporting Actor?) for Johnny Deep.
-Worst Actress for Mia Wasikowska.
-Worst Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter.
-Worst Screen Ensemble.
-Worst Prequel or Sequel.
-Worst Remake or Rip-Off.
I just saw this movie and yeah it wasn't that good.
Full disclosure here, I was one of the few people who actually enjoyed the first Tim Burton Alice film. But I also know I'm in the minority here. During the first film's release, people were already starting to get tired of Johnny Depp's shtick and 7 years later his tendency to phone in performances has only gotten worse. I really like the first Alice film because it seemed more like a different interpretation of the work rather than a remake that is suppose to be connected to the book and/or the 1951 animated film. So yes, the 2010 film didn't bother me too much.
The sequel however is a different story. Through The Looking Glass is again trying to do it's own thing with the Wonderland universe but... the film's plot seems so non-existent. Yeah say what you want about the first film's story having too much of a flowing narrative in a world where there is no logic, but at least there was a Plot there! The simple plotline is this: Alice goes back to Wonderland to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) from himself decaying away from depression. Ok, that's a great start. He supposedly lost his family during the fateful day The Red Queen took over Wonderland. However the Hatter still believes his family is still alive and really needs help saving them.
Ok, that's not too bad of a set up. So how does this movie fuck it all up? By adding Time Travel! Don't get me wrong Time Travel in a story isn't inherently a bad plot device. But as a screenwriter/filmmaker, you have to know what you're doing. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton has no idea how to properly incorporate this whole time travel thing into this film. The first 30 minutes or so if this movie is not too bad, but once they enter in the Time Travel element the film loses all sense of flow. It's a mess and all the good acting in the world can't save it. Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and the rest of the cast do a pretty good job with their roles. Yes even Johnny Depp didn't bother me too much here either. I've seen far worse performances from him (*Cough* Mortdecai *Cough*).
All in all, Through The Looking Glass is definitely a step down from the first film. The plot is a huge mess and it wasn't fun at all. It really doesn't matter if you liked the first film or not, odds are you won't like this one.
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Akiva Goldsman: The writer partially responsible for this year's triple threat of The Dark Tower, Rings, and, worst of all, Transformers: The Last Knight. I'll be shocked if all three screenplays do not make the ballots.
Worst Picture - Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (nom), The Emoji Movie (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), 9/11 (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Worst Actor - Tom Cruise (nom), Matt Damon (nom), Johnny Depp, Jamie Dornan (nom), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (nom), and Charlie Sheen (nom)
Worst Actress - Whoopi Goldberg (nom), Katherine Heigl, Dakota Johnson (nom), Tyler Perry (nom), Amy Schumer (nom), and Reese Witherspoon (nom)
Worst Supporting Actor - Jon Bass (nom), Anthony Hopkins, Eric Johnson (nom), Ben Kingsley (nom), Rob Lowe (nom), and John Turturro (nom)
Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger, Faye Dunaway (nom), Laura Haddock (nom), Marcia Gay Harden (nom), Goldie Hawn (nom), and Isabela Moner (nom)
Worst Screen Combo - Any two robots, actors, or robotic actors (nom), Tom Cruise and either Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, or Annabelle Wallis (nom), The Entire Cast of Fifty Shades Darker, The Entire Cast of 9/11 (nom), The Entire Voice Cast of The Emoji Movie (nom), and Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn/Snatched (nom)
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel - Baywatch (nom), CHiPs (nom), The Emoji Movie (Rip-Off of Inside Out, The Lego Movie, and Wreck-It Ralph) (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Worst Director - Michael Bay (nom), James Foley, Martin Guigui (nom), Alex Kurtzman (nom), Tyler Perry (nom), and Guy Ritchie (nom)
Worst Screenplay - The Emoji Movie (nom), Fifty Shades Darker, The Mummy (nom), 9/11 (nom), Suburbicon (nom), and Transformers: The Last Knight (nom)
Redeemer: M. Night Shyamalan
I don't necessarily agree with Johnny Depp's two nominations, but I do understand and agree with the Worst Sequel nomination. Will I be voting for that? I'm not sure yet. I still have to sit through other nominees like Batman V Superman and TMNT Out of the Shadows.
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