This mediocrity was frustrating for a lot of reason, one being that Wasikowska is really good in it. It would have been amazing if they had truly adapted Carroll instead of just making a Disney-fied rehash of uninspired soundbites of him.
Vastly superior to Tim Burton's 2010 snorefest (despite taking only the characters from Lewis Carroll's source material) this adds a standard Hero's Journey plot, a sprinkling of time travel and a heavy dollop of backstories and daddy/sister issues. Baron Cohen personifies Time as a wide-shouldered Werner Herzog. Was this film necessary? Absolutely not. But it is a mildly entertaining relief.
The poster-child for a film that, despite incredible costume design and makeup, has absolutely no engagement for the viewer and feels about as familiar in terms of revisiting characters as it would be reading their names off of a roster.
Time, family, impossibility. Three themes that you will be hit over the head with repeatedly until you can guess dialogue before it happens. The visual design was as good as you would expect, and the story surprisingly better than you'd expect, but it's nothing special. Showing the Hatter's past and makeup changes makes him look monstrous and unwelcoming, and his voice was unintelligible.
(...)Eine eigene Handschrift hätte wohl niemand von uns erwartet, angesichts des Erbes, das James Bobin hier antritt. Im Sequel ist alles hektisch und grell und voller CGI Effekte - und genauso verschachtelt kommt die Geschichte daher. Und Johnny Depp? Hier erleben wir ihn in der nervigsten Rolle, die er je spielte. Selten kamen mit 100 Minuten so lang vor.
One star is already too much. Visually impressive, with the now usual orgy of special effects, but witless and charmless, in spite of the cast's effort (did they need the paycheck that badly?) The director rushes forward, as if afraid that the audience's attention span couldn't be sustained for more than 20 seconds.
Just like the awful end credit song: totally unnecessary.