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The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (2013)

While visiting Tuscany, Italy, a young wizard accidentally creates an evil version of herself.



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Francesca (as Antonella Lentini)
Papa Fabrizio
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Vineyard Worker (as Francesco Cura)


The Russo family and friends are headed to Tuscany, Italy, to meet their long lost relatives... but when Alex tries to prove she's more than a seemingly carefree young Wizard, she inadvertently conjures a spell that creates a Good Alex and an Evil Alex. When Evil Alex gets roped into a charming young wizard's foreboding plan to take over the world, Good Alex must find a way to save her family and humankind, which leads to a monumental battle between the two versions of herself - all atop the Tower of Pisa. Written by Disney

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Although the character of Justin Russo is heavily mentioned in this film, David Henrie is not featured in it because during the filming dates between Oct. 22 and Nov. 10, 2012, he was shooting another movie (most likely the drama 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story (2014)), and the conflicting schedules were too difficult to rework, so he chose not to return. See more »


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And the point was?
23 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

That was THE worst thing I have ever seen! Some fans are saying "If you're a fan already, you'll love this." I loved the show a lot. This disappointed me though.

1st of all I found that the ending episode of the last season made no sense at all. I will get to Alex vs Alex (Magic marker "Be Positive" Alex vs Stevie's Best Friend Alex). But this was error #1.

Alex is the main character I get that. So when she won the competition I thought that was perfect. But if they didn't make Justin headmaster of Wiz-Tech and give his powers back to him I would have had a "conniption". I say this because the way the made him lose and that fact that they were close in the competition was ridiculous according to the past seasons.

Justin spends all his time studying magic and the only other thing he concentrated a lot on was school and when they wanted to get back into the competition he studied magic even more. He was even a teacher!

Alex learns from her mistakes. If they're trying to say she won because she has street smarts, that would be fine, without Justin in this show. Whenever she missed things up she rarely got herself out. Majority of the time, Justin had to. Justin cleaned up a lot of her messes. Even in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie she won the competition and still called out for Justin's help in the end. It makes sense she never put the effort into becoming a better wizard.

So remembering all of this I thought "Shouldn't Justin be floating around this competition all powerful and confident." Instead we see Justin following behind Alex and forgetting spells. He even got a question wrong at the quiz part of the competition. He is practically the human form of the spell book. It was weird that it was a breeze for Alex and he's like "Umm What's the spell? What's the spell?". At least make it a breeze for them both.

Don't get me wrong, I actually like Alex's character. I get the I'm too cool for school attitude, and her evil laugh and jokes she makes are really awesome and funny. She's lazy and relaxed and cool. I relate. But how they handled that episode made me mad.

It says

1. All the viewers are stupid drooling zombies who like Selena Gomez (which isn't true) so if we just give her character everything they won't notice if it doesn't make sense.

2. If you put your all into studying the subject you like and work really hard at something you're a nerd and the lazy person with no ambition will get 1st dibs on success.

But, I was happy that Justin is headmaster at the very end. I thought of Alex winning like a cool adventure. A young adult being a secret wizard and having convenient powers at the tip of her fingers. Sounds like a great movie actually.

I also imagined Alex would at least learn how to be discreet with her powers and remember there are rules. The wizard council took away or threatened to take away their powers so many times. Obviously being a wizard is serious business.

In "Alex vs Alex" right away Alex is being immature with her magic. She's a young family wizard and should have fun but she doesn't have her own place and it would be better there. Then she makes a door portal to Italy which seems like fun and I would want to do that too. But I would also be constantly worried about the authority over wizards and making sure I didn't expose magic. The door she makes just led to Italy, not somewhere secluded. What if someone saw them pop up out of thin air. Then we're supposed to be mad at Jerry for saying "Justin would make sure he knew how to undo the spell before doing it". She should have learnt this. Of course Jerry keeps getting mad. He tried to teach her so much and so often.

They tried to push us to feel sorry for Alex and attempted to make us hate Justin for being the golden child. Poor her, she can't be herself. I don't know why them asking her to think before flicking around her wand, is the same thing as trying to change her. It's not her personality. It's the fact that she doesn't think wisely about the consequences before conjuring up random spells. Jerry didn't say "Alex I hate the way you are and don't insult Harper's clothes." No he said "grow up and be responsible". She doesn't have to change her personality in order to do that. She can be a grown up version who's cool but smart.

The theme was that Alex is so amazing and everyone's picking on her. But, she's the clear superhero of the show. She got wizard of the year. They didn't need to prove her excellence.

In this story she accidentally made an evil her that wants to get rid of mortals with some evil jerk (that they just had to say was Justin's friend). Then this weird crystal court room sentences her to DEATH. But surprisingly in the end the MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP melts their hearts. Oh...wow.

In end they let us know that she will be irresponsible and mostly likely will destroy the earth with her power, but its okay because that's Alex being Alex. So what was the point of bringing in a character like TJ, showing magic shouldn't used like that? What was the point of stopping Stevie's plan to let everyone keep their powers if wizards like Alex get to keep theirs?

The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex made the show of four seasons seem absolutely pointless in 1 hour.

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