Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
In Alice’s (Mia Wasikowska) 2nd adventure, she returns to the Underland and discovers the Hatter (Johnny Depp) is in poor health because he can’t find his family after the attack of the Jabberwocky. The only way to fix Hatter’s fate is to steal the Chronosphere and go back in time, but the entity known as Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) is hot on her trail to take back control.
Alice Through the Looking Glass is your typical sequel. It really has little correlation to the first movie except for the characters. The adventure is one crazy scene after the other, as most kids movies are, but the adventure sequences have no barring on the next one until the resolution can occur. Another movie recently that comes to mind that does this is Minions. There is a story for a backbone, but then it is crammed full of nonsensical filler and leaves your mind feeling empty and unsatisfied. The story is not going to wow anyone.
The real reason you might want to go see this movie is because of the special effects, costumes, animation and the characters. I liked Sacha Baron Cohen as Time and it was refreshing to see him in a role that isn’t R rated (even if he is still a little crazy). You will notice that Johnny Depp isn’t in this one as much nor is it directed by Tim Burton as the first movie was. You can feel both these men’s absence here as this movie will be a borderline “eh” for many. At the end of the day, I don’t believe this movie was a cash grab because there are some points to the movie that were enjoyable, but nothing sticks out as memorable and that is always the downfall of any film. This movie is geared at families with adolescent children. Co-starring Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rhys Ifrans, Matt Lucas, and Lindsay Duncan.
5/10 Stars – This movie is right in the middle, typical sequel with nothing memorable to add.