Verdict: Too many bumps in Alice’s latest journey.
After spending three years exploring the world, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to her home in London. She barely spends a day with her mother (Lindsay Duncan) and is led to Underland by the caterpillar, Absolem (Alan Rickman). Her friends, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), the Bloodhound (Timothy Spall), the Dormouse (Barbara Windsor), and Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Matt Lucas) are delighted to see her. They also share some heartbreaking news about the Hatter (Johnny Depp). The hat-maker is living in isolation as no one believes him when he states that his family may be alive. Now, it is up to Alice to find out what happened to the Hatter’s loved ones.
This sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 film, Alice In Wonderland, has most of the characters that were in the first part. Time (Sacha Baron Cohen), a half-clockwork, half-human demigod, is introduced in this second part and the actor does a superb job. His character is well-written and Cohen makes it extremely likable. Sadly, the same cannot be said about Johnny Depp who looks disinterested throughout. The actor was back to form in last year’s Black Mass and his latest role will be a huge disappointment for his fans. Mia Wasikowska is content and makes you root for her character. The voice cast does a decent job, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee are the funniest of the lot. Director James Bobin tries hard but fails to hold your interest. The script doesn’t have much to offer and barely ten minutes into the movie, you know how things are going to turn out. The humor, too, looks forced with most of the jokes falling flat. While the plot is a letdown, the CGI more than makes up for it. The special effects are top-notch and some of the scenes are absolutely brilliant. Alice Through The Looking Glass would be so much more if Bobin had paid more attention to the storyline.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Alice Through The Looking Glass is definitely not as good as the last film, but makes for a good one-time watch. Kids, in particular, will love the movie and if you want to relive your favorite childhood story, make sure you catch a show this weekend.