March 5, 2010
Critics Consensus: Alice Looks Great, Lacks Wonder
This week at the movies, we've got a trip down the rabbit hole (Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasilkowska) and a ride-along with the boys in blue (Brooklyn's Finest, starring Richard Gere and Don Cheadle). What do the critics have to say? At first glace, a Tim Burton adaptation of Alice in Wonderland seems perfectly serendipitous: Hollywood's most playfully macabre filmmaker would be the obvious choice to reinterpret Lewis Carroll's darkly whimsical tale. However, critics say the result is curiouser - a film of remarkable visual invention that lacks strong plotting or a sense of wonder. Brooklyn's Finest
With Training Day, Antoine Fuqua brought fresh, gritty energy to the cop drama. Now he's back on the mean streets with Brooklyn's Finest and critics say this one is far less -- ahem -- arresting.