If you saw the previous Alice In Wonderland (2010) film and thought it was a sort of investment, then it just might be worthwhile to see it pay off.
This sequel is a slight improvement over the initial film, but that is not really saying much.
There are elements that tie the two Wonderland films, even if the story is independent of the previous one. In fact, it almost seems as if the two stories were written together.
I believe I commented the original story seemed almost a sequel to the original Alice, as the Underland characters recognized her, but also that she did not, so she might be suffering from amnesia.
This chapter provides a time travel explanation for that particular issue.
Speaking of the time aspect, this features Time as a character, one of the high points of the film. The character of Time is not in the Alice novels, thought Carroll does play with time: The Tea Party is frozen in time (included the film), in addition to having the White Queen living backwards in time (not included in the film).
The focus is on the two Queens (again, with confusion between the Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen) and the Hatter.
Other already established Underland characters are mostly lumped together, non-character, non-entities with no relevance whatsoever to the story.
The 'real life' prologue is even more nonsensical (and not in a good way) than in the previous film.
Other than really basic references the story itself has nothing to do with Carroll's, much the same as with the other film.
The writer injects Burtonesque Daddy issues into this one.
In regards to visual design, the film provides a couple of beautiful images in its quieter moments, but the rest of the film still feels visually messy, chaotic and cluttered: Digital diarrhea.
The animated characters look better than in the previous film, but animation is still not good.
The film seeming draws inspiration from Labyrinth, and even Return to Oz in at least a couple of cases. There's even a deja vu moment quoted from Pee-wee's Big Adventure(!)
A marginal improvement, but still not really worth it.