Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) – Review

Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorites when I was younger – the kind of imagination and creativity in these stories is probably at the same level as Lord of the Rings. So I was excited to know that Tim Burton was taking this story on with his own queer creativity back in 2010 and that movie was really good (I plan to review it some other time). Alice in Wonderland (2010) was unique, creative, imaginative and the most colorful – in a good way of course. It made a ton of money worldwide; with an estimated budget of 200 million USD, it has raked in over 1 billion USD till date.

Alice through the Looking Glass Movie Review, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Botham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen

So it did make sense to do another story – this one is a pretty original story but with Lewis Carroll’s main characters. Most of them from the 2010 movie return in this movie. Except probably Tim Burton who is just a producer, James Bobin has helmed this. The most notable new character is Sacha Baron Cohen as Time.

To be honest, I enjoyed this film in parts. Hatter is not doing well because he thinks his family is still alive. Alice goes into the wonderland after a few years to save Hatter by going back in time to save Hatter’s family. Can she undo the past? The movie answers this in a time travel chase between Alice and Time himself. There was a lot of action and the storyline was clear. The acting was alright in most parts – Alan Rickman returned to pay Absolem and also played the narrator (this was his last role before he passed), Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Botham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as queen Mirana and Johnny Depp as the Hatter.

But somehow it just wasn’t there. I started fiddling with my phone about half way into the movie – the plot or the acting didn’t keep me engaged. The special effects looked extremely unreal and I couldn’t feel that magic in this beloved world. So I did watch the full movie, had a few laughs and marveled at how Lewis Caroll came up with this whole alternate world but I wouldn’t watch this one again. I am glad I didn’t watch it in the theaters.

Did you like it? Let me know why 🙂

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