What films didn't hit the mark this year?
7. "Alice in Wonderland"
Why it's so bad: Indulgence. There's really no other way to sum it up. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are both talented guys. They've even made some good films together. I plan to watch "Edward Scissorhands" on Blu-ray on Christmas Eve, and "Sleepy Hollow" and "Ed Wood" both show up in my annual rotation at some point. But when the audience will sit through any nonsensical prattle that the two of them cook up, there's no reason for them to ever try harder. Depp's Mad Hatter is almost like what would happen if someone was trying to make fun of Depp and Burton, a ridiculously overwrought grotesque. Many authors have played with the Lewis Carroll characters over the years, to varying effect, and there's nothing in this awkward hero's journey retrofit that justifies the telling.
One nice thing we can say about it: The Cheshire Cat was nifty. Of the two Michael Sheen appearances in terrible giant Disney event films this year, this is the one that I prefer.
- Drew McWeeny