Two big sequels had smaller openings than expected at the box office this week.
By now it’s a given that the Alice movies, like the Jason Bourne movies, won’t have much to do with the books they’re based on even as they use the same titles in the same sequence. The main question to ask is how the new film compares to the old one, and — although I haven’t seen Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland since it came out six years ago — I’m inclined to say that Alice through the Looking Glass, directed by James Bobin, is marginally better, though admittedly it had a very low bar to clear.
Warning: There are some mild spoilers for X-Men: Apocalypse here.
Synopsis. Honifer the chamberlain shows Joseph around the palace and introduces him to the servants who make papyrus, pottery, linen, food, and more. They come across two guards who have been arrested as suspects in the theft of some jewelry. Joseph tricks the guilty guard into confessing his crime, prompting some observers to marvel that Joseph is not only beautiful but smart, too. Meanwhile, Malek — who wants to rescue Joseph and send him back to Jacob — says goodbye to his caravan as it leaves Egypt for Babylon. In Canaan, Jacob and his five-year-old son Benjamin meet a wolf who informs them that Joseph was not killed by wolves, no matter what the other sons of Jacob say. Back in Egypt, Joseph offends the priests in Potiphar’s palace by saying that they should get no more food than the other palace residents do.
Risen — which stars Joseph Fiennes as a fictitious Roman officer who goes looking for the missing body of Jesus — is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. Last week I had a chance to speak to Patrick Aiello, the producer who first started developing the film nearly a decade ago, and his brother Paul, who co-wrote the script.