Film Review: Alice Through The Looking Glass
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★★☆☆☆ How do you make a sequel to one of the most successful, critically savaged films of the century? 2010’s Alice In Wonderland was a green screen, Tim Burton-fever nightmare, with few characters who actually resembled real people, personality or appearance-wise. This sequel, more than half a decade later, obviously seeks to capitalise on the more than Billion-dollar grossing success of the original, and without Tim Burton behind the camera (he's serving as a producer; the guy behind-the behind-the-camera guy), you’d hope it could indeed be an improvement. And in a few ways you’d be right. But the problem with sequels to bad films is that, in all too many cases, everything bad about the first film comes along to wreck the second. Alice Through The Looking Glass follows the return of Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) to Wonderland. After rediscovering that the high society she belonged to (before she left England for seaborne adventures) has no time for empowered women, she finds a magical mirror that transports her back to Wonderland. There she embarks on a desperate attempt to save her friend the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), who is deathly ill. To do this she seeks out Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), so she may travel to the past and find the Hatter’s family, who everyone believed had perished long ago. It feels like an unfair comparison with Disney’s recent success The Jungle Book (another live action adaptation of a beloved cartoon/Victorian children's book), but it can’t be helped. While that film’s achievements with photo-real effects are not to be overlooked; what was really magical about it was how every one of its characters felt real.
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