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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

113 minutes, Rated PG

STUDIO:  Walt Disney Pictures/ Roth Films/ Team Todd/ Tim Burton Productions

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 5-27-2016

Alice goes through a magical looking glass (a mirror) that takes her back to Underland where she finds the Mad Hatter isn’t himself and he believes that his family wasn’t killed by the Jabberwocky.  She makes a journey to the castle of Time (Sacha Baron Cohen)  to borrow (steal) a chronometer (time travel device) from Time’s clock so she can time travel into Mad Hatter’s past to save his family before time runs out for Underland.

 

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS isn’t as good as ALICE IN WONDERLAND.  Alice goes through the same lessons as the first movie and male society still looks down on her.  She seems to be the most boring character in the cast where the characters in Underland (including Time and the Mad Hatter) are more interesting than Alice.  You learn more about the pasts of the mad Hatter, the White Queen, and the Red Queen.   The movie is a very pretty movie to look at with a good music score, but I wish they put more work into providing better motivation for Alice and making her a more interesting character.  The Cheshire Cat is very underused in this movie like many of the returning characters have very little to do in this sequel.   Scriptwriter Linda Woolverton delivers a script that isn’t as good or as enjoyable as ALICE IN WONDERLAND.   It is currently underperforming at the box office and the screenplay doesn’t help deliver an experience that will have people wanting to see in theaters instead of waiting to buy or rent it on digital. Blu-ray, or DVD.   I wish they could use a time machine to go back to undo this sequel or at least have a better screenplay to film than the movie they ended up with.

 

This review is 6-6-2016 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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