Cert: PG Runtime: 113 mins Director: James Bobin Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans
Everyone parts with everything eventually, my dear
Now we all wondered why is there’s a sequel for Alice in Wonderland? Well it’s because it made over a Billion Dollars! Personally I enjoyed the first one probably one of the better Tim Burton films of recent memory. But this sequel has taken quite some time to come out. So what is Alice Through The Looking Glass about? Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself sucked back into the magical land where the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is dying. In order to save her eccentric friend, Alice must delve ever further into this topsy-turvy universe to seek out the very living embodiment of Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen).
Unfortunately, the story is just mediocre. It’s not particularly exciting, or interesting, or engaging. And speaking of the story, it makes too much sense. Wonderland isn’t supposed to make sense, and it’s not supposed to be easy to follow, and Disney making the movie so incredibly average and straightforward dumbed down what could have been an incredible experience through a fantastical and insane world of imagination.The movie moves at a steady pace, and never feels slow, but halfway through the movie I really wanted it to end, not because I was excruciatingly bored, but because I just wanted to do something else. And when a movie can’t even hold your attention, especially a movie that boasts a Wonderland as a setting, you know that’s a bad sign.
Even the visuals are average in this film. There are a few really cool shots in the beginning of the film when Alice first enters into her fantasy world, but these shots are all spoiled in the trailers. After this, it just looks like any other fantasy land that could have been in any other movie. It doesn’t feel like Wonderland. Seriously, if the main character wasn’t named “Alice,” no one would even know this was supposed to be a story based off of Alice in Wonderland. You’d just think it’s a generic, made for TV, fantasy adventure. Disney really had an opportunity here. They could’ve made this film great if they would’ve made it a bit darker, a little more adult, and added more of the craziness that I assumed they were going to add, based off of the trailers.However, this is just an average, mediocre, straightforward, and serviceable fantasy adventure that you can watch and then immediately forget about.