Is Alice In Wonderland the worst movie Tim Burton ever made? I think there's a case to be made there. The film includes Johnny Depp in one of his shrillest, most skin-crawling performances. The script is borderline incomprehensible. The CGI is layered on thick and ugly, resulting in what looks like a grotesque mockery of video game cut-scenes. It's a total bastardization of its source material. I walked into Alice In Wonderland expecting the worst, and somehow its terribleness surpassed even those expecations. It is a nightmarishly bad movie.
And yet, it made over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, so of course a sequel was inevitable. It's embedded below, but be aware that watching it will likely put you in a very grumpy mood.
If there's anything positive to be said here, it's that Tim Burton did not direct this sequel. James Bobin (The Muppets, Flight Of The Conchords), a guy whose work I tend to enjoy, took over directorial duties, and I think there's a compositional clarity to this footage that suggests it might not be the raging eyesore the first film was. But then, it also appears to feature another overly-complicated plot, a parade of hammy performances (chief among them: Depp's second at-bat as the Mad Hatter), and an alarming amount of green screen work, so...let's be realistic here. This is probably not a movie designed with BMD readers/writers in mind.
The film opens May 27, 2016, so there's plenty of time for an apocalypse to intervene. Share your thoughts below.