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Alice Through the Looking Glass

  • 2016
  • PG
  • 72min
  • 30%
  • 6.2 / 10

Gliding through a mirror, Alice returns to the magical world of Wonderland and discovers that her friend, Mad Hatter, is down in the dumps over the loss of his loved ones. Lending her hand to help her friend, Alice travels back in time where she finds the younger Hatter and the wicked Red Queen.

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Bobin had always been passionate about history and Lewis Carroll’s works, so when the opportunity to helm Alice Through the Looking Glass was presented by Disney, he expressed no hesitation about taking the project. The British director also expressed his fascination with ruins, and he found that in the project. At the time, Bobin was still doing post-production work on Muppets Most Wanted, but he did not want to slip the responsibility out of his hands. He knew he had a lot to offer on the table when it came to creating the sequel.

True enough, Alice Through the Looking Glass was a commercial success. At the box office, it earned a worldwide total of $300 million against a production budget of $170 million. However, the film did not fare well with critics, receiving only a few nominations, including the Best Song Written For Visual Media at the Grammy Awards.

Alice Through the Looking Glass movie review

While Alice Through the Looking Glass’ cinematography is equally as stunning as that of Alice in Wonderland, the film’s narrative style is nothing like its predecessor, which has an overwhelming depth that only upstages its classic characters. Sure, it has time-honored source material, but it did not make up much for the poorly-crafted story. What is ironic about this is that, despite being a film that uses time as its foundation, the creators did not seem to have devoted much time to creating the movie. Perhaps this could be due to Tim Burton’s absence from the directorial seat. Without Burton at the helm of the project, everything appeared lackluster.

Taking over as the director of the second installment, James Bobin’s reimagining of Alice Through the Looking Glass failed to exceed expectations set by Alice in Wonderland. But Bobin does not deserve castigation for a sequel that merely fared well. As the story of Alice grows increasingly richer, every symbolism solidifies, and the endeavor to put the episodic story into a three-fold structure creates an account that is both confusing and superfluous. With this, it turns out that Burton's reluctance to coordinate this spin-off was fairly astute.

Alice Through the Looking Glass still redeemed itself through its ever-talented cast. Wasikowska is, as always, an engaging champion, brimming with a go-getter attitude and an overwhelming conviction. Depp is totally fey and powerful as the Hatter, which reasonably works well, but his accent makes it difficult to comprehend his dialogues with other characters. Helena Bonham Carter also puts the essential haughty joy into the Red Queen and Cohen conveys a depiction of Time as vain and anxious, yet not so much absurd. As sad as it is hard to admit, the film’s focal strength only relies on the vibrant performances delivered by this cast.

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Based on the characters conceived and developed by Lewis Carrol, Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) is a fantasy adventure film directed by James Bobin, who has directed The Muppets (2011) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014). Its screenplay was penned by Linda Woolverton. The film was produced by Tim Burton, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, and Jennifer Todd. A sequel to the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen and features the voices of Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, and Alan Rickman.