Alice Through the Looking Glass
One pill makes you smaller...
Village Jam Factory - Thursday 26 May 2016, 7:00pm
Running time: 113m
Country: United States
Classification: PG (Mild themes, some scenes may scare young children)
Release date: 26/05/16
Rating: 6.5/10 (ME 3/5, DP 3.5/5)
Now a sea captain, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) follows Absolem (Alan Rickman in one of his final performances) through a mirror to help an old friend (Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter) discover the fate of his family and regain his lust for life. Naturally, the Red Queen (Helen Bonham Carter) is up to her evil high jinx once again. But time isn't on anyone's side as the fate of their magical world is put at risk.
The sequel to the Tim Burton directed 2010 film Alice in Wonderland (Burton returns this time as producer), Alice Through the Looking Glass returns to bizarre yet familiar territory. The impressive cast (including Anna Hathaway, Barbara Windsor, Stephen Fry, Sacha Baron Cohen and Matt Lucas) overact their way in performances that are very good through a story that is charming but messy. Delightful production design brings the suitable mix of light and shade to a film that is moving, fun, confusing and bizarre yet satisfying story about life, death and letting go. It's more layered that it first appears and my initial reaction has warned after a few days to think about it. Worth a look. (ME)