Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass
Direction: James Bobin
Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall
Music: Danny Elfman
Cinematographer: Stuart Dryburgh
Editor: Andrew Weisblum
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
What is it about: This one serves as a sequel to the 2010 film “Alice in Wonderland” directed by Tim Burton. Alice who returns to her real world is dragged once again in to the Wonderland to save the stupendous Hatter (Johnny Depp). What happens next forms the crux of the story directed by James Bobin.
Why it’s disappointing: The movie has too many clichéd fantasia elements, but if that’s not, it wouldn’t serve as a Disney’s fable. The film does have few pot holes which pulls the characters in, especially when the characters explain the plot themselves. Apart from that don’t expect too much out of it, most importantly it’s a family film and a one which has the traces of “Willy Wonka”.
What to watch out for: In spite of few bumps, the fantasy ride continues in a smooth manner. The supporting characters made the day with their whimsical nature, which keeps you going on this enchanted ride.
Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter is an exceptional character, which only he can carry it off with that craziness. That craziness could only be matched by Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, her characterization and the attire just amuses you. Anne Hathaway as Mirana was right for the part. Finally Alice Kingsleigh played by Mia Wasikowska played the part rightly with a dependable performance.
But this movie mostly makes its way through the audience through its visuals. Which are exceptionally designed sets and VFX which cuts through great depth. The 3D was perfect, and if watched on an IMAX screen will give the extra layer of experience. The enchanted characters and the atmosphere build a great ambience for a fantasy which moves through with witty one liners and humour which is quite kiddish but sails through.
Verdict: James Bobin tried his best give this sequel a great attire, which manages to nudge the obvious and makes its way through. That’s well supported by spectacular VFX and 3D effects. Worth a watch, if you take your little ones they will enjoy the most.