ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Alongside the initial reviews of Warcraft sweeping the internet the other day, another Hollywood blockbuster is garnering quite a bit of attention following a greatly anticipated release. Alice Through the Looking Glass has just hit theaters, attracting quite the commotion and a flood of opinions regarding the James Bobin-directed and Tim Burton-produced fantasy adventure. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the trailer below:

In this continuation of the Lewis Carol-based universe, starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, we see Alice travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter. And while reviews were relatively positive about the first installment of the whimsical fantasy years ago, Alice Through the Looking Glass appears to have fallen short of expectations.

'A Serial Gothic Plague On Screen'

For one, critics have rained down on Johnny Depp's parade as the Mad Hatter, with The Guardian referring to his performance as "tiresome." Similarly, the Financial Times wasn't having any of Helena Bonham Carter's hysterical run as the Red Queen, writing:

Is there a cure for Helena Bonham Carter? I hope not. Since meeting Tim Burton the actress who began as an English rose for Merchant Ivory Forster, artists to the gentry, has become a kind of serial gothic plague on screen. She is wonderfully horrible as the Queen in Alice 'Through the Looking Glass,' part Elizabeth I, part Sybil Fawlty, with make-up as if by Charles Addams.
Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen
Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen

And while the Wall Street Journal referred to the movie as a "carnival of excessive decoration and frenetic behavior," The Boston Globe had an even harsher outlook, stating:

To watch 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' is to witness an army of smart, creative people dumbing themselves down into delivering what they think the market wants.

The worst though, perhaps came from Matt Zoller Seitz for, who wrote:

I removed my eyeballs from my head as soon as I got back from 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' and cleaned them in a sink. I could have left them in and only cleaned the fronts, but I didn't want to take any chances.

Ouch! Was it really that bad?

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter
Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

'The Film Is A Feast To Look At'

While the majority of the initial reviews were far from favorable, surely there remains some hope for Alice Through the Looking Glass? Well, thankfully The Telegraph seems optimistic, putting forward the opinion that:

The film is a feast to look at, even if it sometimes feel like you’ll get gout in your eyeballs from the overwhelming CGI lushness of it all.

Similarly, the New York Post was congratulatory, writing:

You certainly get your 20 bucks worth of spectacle out of 'Alice Through the Looking Glass.' So breathtaking are the landscapes, so whimsical are the creatures, so marvelous are the marvels that I wanted to give a standing ovation to whoever signed the check to pay for all this.

I don't know about you guys, but that in itself calls for a trip to the movie theater. And if you're not up for it, rest assured that at least biggest Johnny Depp fan in the world P!nk is probably going to be seeing it at least a dozen times anyway.

Do you think Alice Through the Looking Glass is deserving of its bad reviews?


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