Has life in the age of casual magic made moviegoers numb to the amazing?

by Peter D. Marshall

by Drew McWeeny.

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Certainly no one would accuse me of being shy about offering an opinion.

There are times, though, where that opinion isn’t welcomed by a reader, and that’s normally when I’m writing up a news story and I can’t resist a wee bit of cynicism. I know that any time there is news about “Alice In Wonderland 2,” I am openly skeptical of the need for that film.

I understand that the first one made a billion dollars, but I’m not sure I actually know anyone who enjoyed it. I recently wrote about that when they picked a release date for the film, and I got several angry e-mails from people who resented my attitude, claiming once again that I was being too rough on the movie.

Taking a second look at what I firmly believe may be Tim Burton’s worst film, I was struck by two things. First, it is a terrible movie, a frustratingly wrong-headed adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. Second, it is filled with visual marvels from start to finish, a technical accomplishment that would have, at one point in time, been impossible to realize.

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Certainly no one would accuse me of being shy about offering an opinion.

There are times, though, where that opinion isn’t welcomed by a reader, and that’s normally when I’m writing up a news story and I can’t resist a wee bit of cynicism. I know that any time there is news about “Alice In Wonderland 2,” I am openly skeptical of the need for that film. I understand that the first one made a billion dollars, but I’m not sure I actually know anyone who enjoyed it. I recently wrote about that when they picked a release date for the film, and I got several angry e-mails from people who resented my attitude, claiming once again that I was being too rough on the movie.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/has-life-in-the-age-of-casual-magic-made-moviegoers-numb-to-the-amazing#ZVIU7QsmVy1FSiDA.99

Certainly no one would accuse me of being shy about offering an opinion.

There are times, though, where that opinion isn’t welcomed by a reader, and that’s normally when I’m writing up a news story and I can’t resist a wee bit of cynicism. I know that any time there is news about “Alice In Wonderland 2,” I am openly skeptical of the need for that film. I understand that the first one made a billion dollars, but I’m not sure I actually know anyone who enjoyed it. I recently wrote about that when they picked a release date for the film, and I got several angry e-mails from people who resented my attitude, claiming once again that I was being too rough on the movie.

Taking a second look at what I firmly believe may be Tim Burton’s worst film, I was struck by two things. First, it is a terrible movie, a frustratingly wrong-headed adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. Second, it is filled with visual marvels from start to finish, a technical accomplishment that would have, at one point in time, been impossible to realize.

To be fair, that’s what Burton was hired to do, and he delivered. Right now, it appears that there is no incentive to filmmakers working in science-fiction and fantasy to actually craft something that pushes the envelope in terms of narrative.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/has-life-in-the-age-of-casual-magic-made-moviegoers-numb-to-the-amazing#ZVIU7QsmVy1FSiDA.99

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