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Absolutely beautiful but weak plot
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 22, 2021
I'll 100% admit to enjoying the trailer more than the movie. P!nk singing White Rabbit, Alan Rickman intoning... anything, pretty much. How could I not love it? (It's playing on loop while I type this, quiet as it's kept.)
As with the first, it's visually stunning, a riot of color and costumes and scenes and everything. Johnny Depp is, well, Johnny Depp. Crazy costume, crazy attitude, and quite the Hatter. Add in Alan's voice (swoon), Helena, and more for the second movie and it does match the first on a number of levels.
It's been a while since I read the book, but none of this seemed familiar - ah, thank you Wikipedia. Because it's very little to do with the book. The plot matches the oddity of the original books, but some of the secondary characters remind me more of the extended Oz universe.
Would I be in line to see another in the series - or even to watch the first two again? Not likely, there are other movies I enjoy more.