Flash Movie Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass

The multi-colored pennants hanging off the building were so thick in numbers you would have thought this was the launching of an armada instead of a grocery store’s grand re-opening. I could tell before I pulled into the parking lot that something must have been going on because traffic was busier than usual. As I walked into the store I immediately noticed all the shopping carts were replaced with polished black, extra wide carts. Later I would discover I missed the squeaky wheels of the old carts because they used to announce my arrival to the shoppers lost in thought IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AISLE, blocking passage. Starting at the produce department all the previous stand alone racks were replaced with these “islands” built of wood with multiple shelves perched on top in a pyramid shape. The produce was carefully lined up on these shelves that were covered in some type of felt or Astroturf. I almost needed sunglasses from the super bright lights that were hanging down from a newly revealed bare ceiling. All the signage was bigger and easier to read. I felt like I was in a brand new store though I had been shopping in this place for years. From my shopping list I saw I needed apples, pears and green peppers. At one island up ahead I could see the green peppers circling the lowest shelf. The shelf above had red peppers and the top shelf was filled with yellow. Looking at the peppers close-up I discovered, though the store was remodeled, the produce hadn’t changed; you had to hunt through to find a pepper that was not bruised or shriveled up. As they say the store was all flash with no substance, just like this fantasy film.   ALICE Kingsleigh, played by Mia Wasikowska (Crimson Peak, Jane Eyre), returns to Wonderland to help her good friend Hatter Tarrant Hightopp aka Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp (Black Mass, Into the Woods). Her journey would take her back in time. This adventure film was utterly imaginative and colorful to watch on the big screen. With most of the previous cast returning like Anne Hathaway (The Intern, The Dark Knight Rises) as Mirana, there was a new addition with Sacha Baron Cohen (The Brothers Grimsby, The Dictator) as Time. He was fine though nothing real special. Maybe I was expecting the writers to use his comedic talent fully than what they wrote for him. In fact, this brings me to my main complaint about this film; it was not fun or entertaining. The story was more of a downer as were the characters. It seemed like a long time before the story picked up but by that time I did not care anymore. I remember sitting in my seat and wondering if this is what Lewis Carroll had in mind? The story lines separately may have been good by themselves, but mixing them all in one movie just made things messy in the telling of this story. This movie was like one of those Corpse flowers that is pretty to look at but smells foul.

 

2 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 1, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the review. The visuals on the trailer were enticing, but sitting through a movie that’s going to bore me to death and then try to wake me up near the end is not my idea of a good use of my time or money. You saved me the agony. 🙂

  2. I thought the first film was hideously bad so had no intention of seeing this sequel anyway, probably not even when it becomes available on the small screen. Tim Burton needs to go back to writing his own material and steering clear of adaptations and he also needs to stop casting Johnny Depp because neither is benefiting from their co-dependency.

  3. The best thing I can say about this film is that I saw it at a drive-in. So, while I also found it to be neither entertaining nor fun, it was a nice night to sit outside in the night air and hang out with my dog. I think the movie scared him a bit as he ended up sitting on my lap for half of it. I should mention however that my 12-year-old son was quite fond of the movie.

  4. Your write up on the mall is interesting, The movie review was a bit difficult to understand as I have not seen the movie. I am not a fan of movies, though I watch art films. Anand Bose from Kerala

    • It is a pleasure meeting you Anand and thank you for taking the time to stop by to leave your comments. Could you explain further what was difficult to understand about the review? The review part or the 1st part? Either way I once again want to thank you for the comments.

      • Yes the one on the movie.

      • Ah okay; I try to say as little as possible about a film. My belief is to walk in without any preconceived notions. Also, except for the visuals this was not a fun film to watch and that may have come thru strongly. I appreciate you telling me, thank you.

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