Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas
Directed by: James Bobin
Written by: Linda Woolverton
Rating: PG Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min
Honestly, I had my reservations about this film. I wasn’t a big fan of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and this follow-up was struggling to find love with mainstream critics. I figured I was in for another underwhelming experience at the theater.
But that didn’t happen.
Instead, I left the theater humming Danny Elfman’s fantastic score, having just thoroughly enjoyed two wondrous fantasy filled hours. This is a mad adventure that moves at a cracking pace, and each frame is filled with magic. I loved the production design, costumes and makeup, and the performances from Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.
The story is simply about learning from past mistakes, and in this film, several characters’ back stories are haphazardly explored. It’s kind of a messy jumble, but I figured that was the point. The characters, events and outcomes bounce between sappy melodrama, and poignant revelation, as if the plot itself were told to eat hysteria, and drink love.
This is two hours of pure escapist entertainment, that doesn’t sit still for a second. It hops from one magical encounter to the next, and doesn’t hold up well to cold-hearted level-headed scrutiny. It doesn’t make sense because it’s not really supposed to. When you look through the looking-glass, you expect to see a warped view of the world, and that’s exactly what this film delivers.
Don’t try to make sense of it, just enjoy the ride. I expect those who enjoyed the Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, will enjoy this too.
I really enjoyed the performances from Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.