Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, an all-new adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

Alice Through The Looking Glass – Movie Review

6 Years. That’s how long Disney waited to release the sequel to the hugely successful Alice in Wonderland. A live action version of the classic Disney movie, featuring the likes of Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and lead actress Mia Wasikowska. Although Tim Burton chose not to return, he was replaced by James Bobin (director of the recent Muppet movies); it features all the big names from the original, including a few new additions like Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans. So, is it any good?
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A busy plot, an extreme amount of CGI and underwhelming performances from many of the cast left the movie feeling flat and without that special something that makes a movie undoubtedly “Disney”.

The story picks up years after the original, with Alice, now a strong independent woman, sailing the seas and chasing down adventures in the real world. On her arrival home, her life starts to crumble which also happens to coincide with a chance to escape to Wonderland. Featuring a brief and final “appearance” of Alan Rickman (to whom the film is dedicated), we return to Wonderland and find that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) has become a shut in, after finding evidence that his family may not have been killed by the Red Queen’s (Helena Bonham Carter) Jabberwocky after all.
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From here the story unwinds into a complicated mess about time travel and origin stories for several of the characters. A definite highlight is the addition of Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. Having Time as a character with agendas was fun, and even though Cohen seemed to be channeling Christoph Waltz more than anything, it was still the most interesting part of the whole movie.

Despite its many flaws, it managed to keep my attention for the most part. The hardest obstacle to overcome is the disconnect between the story line and the visuals. There is no question that significant effort was put into the CGI in this film. Unfortunately though, as visually stunning as it can be, the story line remains flat, boring and safe. On the other side of that, at times where the story line becomes interesting, it is surrounded by small, crowded or just boring visuals, in addition to a very melancholy vibe from start to finish.

In the end, the movie isn’t a waste of time by any means. I’m sure it will find its audience in the younger generations, yet I can’t help but feel they were aiming a little older and missed the mark. After the success of the first installment, I’m sure they’ll make their money back, but I wouldn’t be hoping for much more than that, it was simply too long a wait for such a mediocre film. Better luck next time Disney.
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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is in cinemas Thursday 26th May

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