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Movie sequels tend to be hit or miss — and “Alice Through The Looking Glass” appears to have qualified under the latter, at least with critics. Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp return as Alice and the Mad Hatter respectively, but one major detail from the first film is missing: Tim Burton. Registering at a woeful 28 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, the film’s critical flop is being attributed to the change in the director’s chair. “Poor James Bobin, who’s powerless to fight back. Woe to the people who agree to direct the sequel to a Tim Burton movie, painted into »
- Rasha Ali
★★★☆☆ Six years on from Tim Burton's madcap reinvention of the Carroll children's tales, Mia Wasikowska reprises her role as the enterprising and inquisitive no-longer-so-young lady in Alice Through The Looking Glass. It's a feast for the eyes, awash with colour and adventure, and there's a fair amount of humour and rumination on regret, truth-telling and loss in the script. However, as has been the case with many of the recent spate of Disney live-action, 3D endeavours the heart and soul which characterises their classics just isn't present. With Muppets directed James Bobin at the helm this time around, Alice ploughs full steam ahead towards her future. Or is it the past?
- CineVue UK
After decades of selling young girls damsels in distress, Disney has finally made a run of films with strong female roles. It’s just a shame it took them so long
A lot of the talk surrounding Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to the 2010 hit Alice in Wonderland, is centring on whether the film can survive the departure of Tim Burton from the director’s chair, whether Sacha Baron Cohen can pull off another attempt at an orthodox acting role, or whether the project can overcome the near-wholesale jettisoning of the delicate charm of the Lewis Carroll original. Much less attention has been paid to something equally significant: its contribution to Disney’s ongoing project to empower and enable its pre-teen and early-teen girl audience.
If you asked anyone a decade ago who would be leading the charge to engineer this kind of feminist social change – specifically, through »
- Andrew Pulver
I'm sure Disney had already been considering it for a while but perhaps they're more serious about a live-action The Little Mermaid now that they've seen how interested the public is in their Beauty and the Beast. Seriously, though. In just 24 hours, the first teaser trailer for Disney's Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame) topped Star Wars: Force Awakens for views. Now, they're both Disney products so it's not really a competition but it does say something about what audiences are clamoring for and Disney is ready to capitalize. Deadline reports: Execs at Disney are in the early stages of reviving Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid as a live-action feature. Disney production chiefs recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea. Deadline understands that initial discussions have also taken place with major producers, including some »
- Jill Pantozzi
The central plot mechanism of Alice Through the Looking Glass is an actual mechanism, a doodad of whirling steampunk metal and glowy CGI called the Chronosphere. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) drops the little ball and it suddenly grows so that she can step inside and use it to travel through time. “Oh, so it shrinks and enlarges as is convenient. Like a video game tool,” I thought. I was primed for this by the fact that the Chronosphere is housed in a clockwork castle which looks ripped off wholesale from the Tick Tock Clock course from Super Mario 64. Alice even has to hotfoot it over a winding shaft, the same as Mario must do in that level. It’s cliche to compare weightless, CG-heavy cinematic action to watching someone play a video game, but I don’t think that’s fair. I mean, at least with a video game speedrun on YouTube, »
- Daniel Schindel
Coinciding with its release tomorrow, Disney has debuted three new clips from Alice Through The Looking Glass which you can watch below…
See Also: Read our review of Alice Through the Looking Glass
In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings his own unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in 2010 with “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, »
- Amie Cranswick
The celebrated Czech film-maker and Athanor Productions have launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site for what the surrealist artist and director has said will be his final film.
Švankmajer and long-time producing partner Jaromir Kallista are looking to raise more than $150,000 towards the budget of Insects, which has been in development for five years.
The partners have earmarked a summer start on the feature, which will include imagery reminiscent of Kafka and takes place in a local pub where actors rehearse a Čapek Brothers play and gradually become the characters in a series of frightening transformations.
As to the campaign, Švankmajer told Screendaily: “We are trying crowdfunding to finance a part of the film for the first time but we think this is a certain option for the kind of films we make; that is films that are very difficult to fund because they are not commercial, they do not promote anything, or are not »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Disney certainly knows how to craft financially successful films. Especially when they take their animated classics and adapt them into live action features, the Mouse basically has a formula all but down pat. Opening this week, Alice Through the Looking Glass is the latest in that endeavor, one which was executed to tremendous effect recently with The Jungle Book. This one doesn’t appear to be nearly as strong a work, which makes sense considering the last installment in this now franchise was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which I didn’t care for one bit. Still, it was a hit, and I highly suspect that this one will be a hit as well. The movie is, once again, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, obviously. Taking place years after the first film, Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is drawn back into Wonderland by her oppressed life in the real »
- Joey Magidson
Back in November, we reported that Universal and Focus Features are moving forward with a live action remake of The Little Mermaid, which has Chloe Moretz on board to star as the title character. We haven't heard much about this project since then, but now it seems Disney is eyeing their own live action remake of this classic tale created by Hans Christian Andersen. Nothing is set in stone, but Disney has reportedly engaged in early talks with producers, including some who have longtime ties to the studio. The studio hasn't officially green lit the project, though, with the Universal movie probably coming first. Which could halt the project until further down the road, or all together.
Deadline reports that Disney's production heads recently heard a new take on The Little Mermaid, and are currently contemplating whether or not to move forward with the project. It isn't known who came up with this new idea, »
When it comes to sequels in Hollywood, in general you reap what you sow. But sometimes it’s a bitter harvest indeed, as this week’s “Alice Through The Looking Glass” proves (our review here). The sequel to the Tim Burton -directed 2010 “Alice in Wonderland,” itself a garish 3D CGI-fest presumably hate-watched across the $1bn marker […]
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- Jessica Kiang
Disney’s first trip down the rabbit hole, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, made over a billion dollars globally six years ago, a staggering figure that has led some to surrender to the tide of popular opinion (combined, of course, with the haze of nostalgia) and start believing it was actually good.
A supremely confusing, color-blasted concoction, Alice exposed Burton’s biggest weakness – that is, basic coherence – more thoroughly than any of his previous cinematic outings, and did so whilst failing to infuse any of the director’s Gothic imagination or endearing weirdness. It was, at best, a great coffee-table book, overstuffed with resplendent visuals – but calling Alice in Wonderland even a decent film would be to do it a great kindness.
The problem with adapting Lewis Carroll’s lackadaisical, topsy-turvy stories for the big screen is that they defy storytelling convention by nature. Burton was right to delve »
- Isaac Feldberg
Are you ready to go back through the mirror? This holiday weekend, Walt Disney follows up on its mega-hit Alice in Wonderland -- which grossed north of $1 billion dollars back in 2010 . with the colorful Alice Through the Looking Glass. Tim Burton decided to pass on the sequel, but original stars such as Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter all returned for a second adventure in Underland. Will you? As our regular readers will know, this is Not a review of Alice Through the Looking Glass. (That, you can find right here.) Instead, this is a conversation on the film.s use of 3D, helping you decide whether or not your hard-earned money should be spent on the 3D ticket if and when you decide to check out Alice at the movies. Disney has been on a roll with its 3D output recently, earning good-to-great scores for »
Jan Švankmajer, the 81-year-old surrealist Czech animator, along with his longtime producer Jaromír Kallista, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the filmmaker’s final project, Insects. Švankmajer, known for his dark but playful satirical works, has directed over 30 short and feature-length films throughout his career including Alice, Little Otik, and Dimensions of Dialogue. As a pioneer of stop-motion animation, he has had a direct influence on the works of Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, David Lynch, and the Brothers Quay, among many others. Švankmajer wrote the screenplay for Insects, which is loosely based on “The Insect Play” by the Čapek brothers, an allegorical comedy from 1922 […] »
- Paula Bernstein
When Tim Burton‘s “Alice In Wonderland” hit $1 billion worldwide, Disney knew they were onto something, and the success of “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” and “The Jungle Book” confirmed it — there is a big audience for live action redos/prequels/remakes of their classic animated and fairy tale movies. How big? The trailer for the upcoming “Beauty And […]
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- Kevin Jagernauth
Welcome to the fourth week of CinemaNerdz’s “Preview Reel” where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest movie weekends of the summer, and this year features two franchise-tent pole films. There’s the next installment in the long-lasting X-Men franchise with X-Men: Apocalypse, and the follow-up to the 2010 smash hit Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Both films feature large price tags and look to cash-in on the four day holiday weekend, lets break them down to see if either of them are worth your time.
What we are excited about:
The X-Men film franchise has been one of Hollywood’s longest running franchises, and the series has arguably never been better. First Class, The Wolverine, Days of Future Past, and this year’s Deadpool are among the best of the franchise, »
- Scott Davis
Six years ago, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland caught the early wave of the modern 3D era and became a big financial success, fairly demanding that a sequel would be forthcoming. Now the generally darker sequel has arrived, based on the generally darker book by Lewis Carroll, and once again scripted by the generally reliable Linda Woolverton. Yet beyond the financial imperative, it's difficult to discern a creative motivation for telling the new story. Since the events in the first film, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has become a ship's captain. Upon her return home to England, she learns that her mother (Lindsay Duncan) is facing a financial crisis and that her former fiancee Hamish (Leo Bill) holds the key, so to speak. Led by the butterfly...
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A great many clips from the summer's biggest (or so they hope) blockbusters have been washing over us and through the pure goodness of my heart, I've assembled a handful of the clips which have been released over the past week in one location for easy viewing. First up is a couple of clips from Alice Through The Looking Glass, the upcoming sequel to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, both... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Believes six impossible things — like implausible character motivations, or big emotions — because they’re in the script, without bothering to earn them. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Alice Through the Looking Glass may bear even less resemblance to anything Lewis Carroll wrote than its predecessor, Tim Burton’s 2010 flick Alice in Wonderland, so perhaps it’s not surprising that it follows up on the adventure that Burton’s adaptation hinted was in store for Alice, something that Carroll would never have imagined for her. Glass opens with adult Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska: Crimson Peak, Madame Bovary), now captain of an English merchant ship in 1847, executing a daring escape from pirates on the high seas. It’s a thrilling sequence, not least because Alice’s all-male crew appears to have no »
- MaryAnn Johanson
“Alice Through the Looking Glass” brought the magic of Disney to Hollywood Blvd. as the cast and creators walked the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere on Monday.
Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway, along with director James Bobin and producer Suzanne Todd, attended the premiere at the El Capitan Theater to discuss how they brought Alice and the fantastical Underland to life this time around.
“In the first film, Alice was quite uncomfortable in her skin and in this one she has a pretty strong sense of herself,” said Wasikowska. Wasikowska, who reprises her role in the sequel, said “it was fun” playing a character that “no one could make question” about who she is.
While the producers did not envision making a sequel, the success of the first film, which made over $1 billion dollars worldwide, changed their minds. But, it took the producers “a long time »
- Lamarco McClendon
Last weekend, Sony's Angry Birds Movie managed to take down two-time box office champ Captain America: Civil War. The Marvel sequel has already taken in more than $300 million domestically and $1 billion worldwide after just three frames in theaters. Unfortunately for Sony's animated comedy, the Angry Birds' reign will certainly be short-lived, with two highly-anticipated movies duking it out for box office supremacy starting this Friday. 20th Century Fox will roll out X-Men: Apocalypse, while Disney will debut Alice Through the Looking Glass, setting the stage for a big box office showdown. According to our projections, the mutants of X-Men: Apocalypse should be able to come out on top against the magical characters of Alice's Wonderland.
Box Office Mojo reports that X-Men: Apocalypse is slated to debut in approximately 4,000 theaters this weekend, with Disney expected to roll out Alice Through the Looking Glass in roughly 3,700 theaters. Both of those counts »
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