What can one say about Tim Burton’s latest eccentric interpretation?  Pegged as perhaps one of the most anticipated films of the year, I anxiously purchased my ticket and entered the theater. Having been overwhelmed by Tim Burton’s recreation of the infamous Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which I think we all can agree was no easy feat, I went into this film feasting on the possibilities. Enough time had passed since his slaughter of Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so I had learned to forgive him. Through the exposition, I noticed the first major problem with the film. It was not Alice in Wonderland. Arguably, Alice in Wonderland is more widely known than Alice Through the Looking Glass, but, still an annoyance nonetheless. As the storyline developed, it was clear that this movie is all effects and visual imagery with little actual substance to back it up. Helena Bonham Carter’s prepetual one-liner carried little potency, and Ann Hathaway’s interpretation of the White Queen was sadly lacking. The biggest disappointment of the film was Johnny Depp’s rather lackluster portrayal of the Mad Hatter. With so many great characterizations under his belt, Depp’s performance of the Mad Hatter left much to be desired. His on-screen energy seemed as though his heart was simply not in it. Overall, the effects were good, but, the film offered little else. While I can see how the idea seemed brilliant on paper, the end result was ineffective. However, if there is a silver lining with this film, I maintain my appreciation for Burton’s unstated mission to keep classic stories alive and breathing. Therefore, I am not ready to give up on him just yet, I just found this film to be an all around disappointment.

 

 

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