Alice in Underland? And by the same folks who produced the memorable cartoon version of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece half a century ago. Aw come on!
Take a tumbler or two of very special effects, add a dash of Alice in Wonderland, a jigger of Thru the Looking Glass, a spritz of “I say old boy,” the inherent curse of a sequel, sprinkle heavily with twenty-first century feminism ala “Enchanted,” and voila, eye candy as only Tim Burton can produce it, ultra pasteurized and utterly homogenized as only the Disney studios can do it.
Sure, there’s a bit of something for someone of every age and persuasion, but not enough of it for anyone. And yes, if you have a pressing need to sit still with your brain on hold in a large dark room for an hour or two this is by no means a bad way to do it.
As a bit of “serious” film making, however, not even Helen Bonham Carter can save it—although she tries mightily. Johnny Depp’s clown role on the other hand—well, everybody should be entitled to fall flat on their silly face at least once in a lifetime with no lasting ill will from those watching….especially if they get to laugh all the way to the bank.