Alice Through the Looking Glass,
Festival Film Rating: 3/5
by Sarah Gunner
DESPITE having mixed reviews, I was looking forward to seeing the new Alice in Wonderland film. I was a big fan of Johnny Depp’s first outing as the Mad Hatter in the 2010 adaptation and wanted to see just how much madder he could get.
Unfortunately, the boundaries are pushed a little too far here, from madness to utterly ridiculous.
The film takes us back to Underland after Alice slips through a mirror where she’s reunited with the White Queen, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit and Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
But it’s the Mad Hatter that needs her help. Depressed over the death of his family, he’s lost his ‘muchness’.
In an attempt to save him, Alice must confront a new being to help the Hatter – Time itself; a peculiar creature that is part human and part clock, played by Sacha Baron Cohen. Travelling back in time, she encounters the younger Hatter and the evil Red Queen.
Although the plot is a little all over the place and the acting is questionable at times, the special effects are really impressive and transport you back to the magical world of Underland, which is a lot of fun.
The second outing with Alice isn’t as good as the first but it’s still worth a watch on the big screen, especially in 3D.
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