When Rumpelstiltskin tries to take over Earth once and for all, The Avengers Grimm must track him down through time in order to defeat him.– Anonymous, IMDB
Not too long ago I checked out the original Avengers Grimm movie, and I found it so laughably enjoyable that I was beyond thrilled to find out that there was a sequel. And thankfully that sequel somehow manages to be just as entertainingly bad as the first film, if not more.
We rejoin our heroes from the first film… well, most of them. Snow White, Red Riding Hood, and Sleeping Beauty are back, with Cinderella and Rapunzel being written out of the film. Instead they’re replaced with characters from the Avengers Grimm spin-off, Sinister Squad (Asylum’s answer to the Suicide Squad). So we get Alice and the Mad Hatter running a secret company that monitors magical goings-on in our world and others.
Which honestly makes some sense, that Alice in Wonderland has become the gatekeeper of magical realms seeing as how she’s a human that has experience travelling in fantasy worlds. I do like that part of the film, although it’s almost unfortunate that such a fun plot point is wasted in a movie like this. That said, it does make the continuity between this and the first film a bit confusing. I think it’s mostly because this film doesn’t want to commit to any specific mention of time, so we have no idea how long after the first film this film takes place. Without establishing a time frame between this film and the first one it doesn’t feel like much time if any has passed, and yet somehow Alice has in short time created this entire foundation dedicated to protecting the human world, including collecting shards of mirror fragments that lead to alternate worlds, and a machine that can open up portals to those worlds (That we later find out can also send a user through back and forth through time). Alice has been pretty industrious apparently!
It should be mentioned, but Rumpelstiltskin is back in this film! Except he’s not THE Rumpelstiltskin, apparently it’s just an extremely common name for magic-using evil tricksters. He is played by a different actor than the first film, and I have to admit he’s definitely not as memorable here. But that’s also due to this film having someone else as the main villain.
Riffing off the success of Aquaman this film’s main villain is Magda, the Queen of Atlantis. Magda’s trying to track down Prince Charming and force him into marriage which Snow White and the other heroes want to prevent. Snow White in particular wants to stop the marriage because she herself is in love with Prince Charming… which is kind of confusing because in the first movie Snow White’s husband was killed and immediately afterwards she was trapped in the human world. But according to this film she and Prince Charming were/are madly in love… so did the movie forget about her previous husband? Or was Snow White’s first marriage for political reasons and Charming was her true love? I can almost guarantee the writers just deliberately ignored that plot point from the first film because it made for a “better” story for the sequel.
There’s a whole lot to make fun of in this movie, so I’ll end it here with a glowing recommendation that if you like bad movies you’ll definitely get some laughs out of this film.