I have been to the movies twice in a short time. I took Tara to a screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass last week and because Adam apparently hates us all, we saw Angry Birds for his birthday. Tara deserved to see a flick with me as she had survived laser tag with her older siblings the night before and had been a fantastic assistant for me at a work-related Hubspot meetup earlier that day. We don’t know WHY my now 14-year-old son wanted to see Angry Birds, we will forgive him one day.
The best part of Angry Birds was the totally bizarro audience and me not caring about the movie and instead being entertained by the total bad behavior of said audience. Who takes photos of themselves in a dark movie? Who allows their kid to not only watch the movie through their iPad but record it? Also, do people not know how get on an elevator anymore?
You can see which film I might recommend over the other one already. While other bloggers who get media invites to screenings tend to be fairly kind about the movies they got to see for free, I can’t really be that dishonest. When my husband was running Coming Attractions, we went to see lots of pre-screenings for review purposes and we tended to tell the truth without fear of not being on lists. Film reviewers don’t give positive reviews just to stay on media lists. I am not saying actually that Looking Glass was terrible. It was just ‘meh’ and Tara seemed to quite like it. So for cartoon-like Johnny Depp films, I suppose it was okay.
Was it anything like the book? A book I remember preferring more than Wonderland. Despite having the take of the Jabberwocky and Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, it felt less scary to me and more like an adventure I would like to partake of. However, like most of the literature I read as a child of the Victorian era, I knew I would never see Wonderland since I was not blonde and I wasn’t English and all the books I read seemed to involve only children with posh English accents and not Scottish ones.
What I do recall of the novel was that it took place a mere 6 months after Wonderland and that Alice was still a young girl and not a sea captain. Does a book about a magical fantasy land need to be even more fantastic by having a totally unplausible subplot in which the adult Alice is sailing her dad’s ship?
What was the point? What is the point of nitpicking and giving it a negative review? If you like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, then you will enjoy this movie and if you have no choice over this or Angry Birds, then I would recommend this one. If not go see Captain America: Civil War.