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Disney's Alice Through The Looking Glass
爱丽丝透过時光玻璃

Opening Date
06 Jul 2016
Rating
PG
Runtime
113 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Director
James Bobin
Cast
Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham, Michael Sheen
Synopsis
In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. 
Reviews
By Freddy  07 Jul 2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass is a sequel that would find it difficult to please both first-time viewers and fans of the predecessor. While the film manages to entertain at times, it lacks the charm, positivity, and sense of wonder that made Alice in Wonderland a more compelling iteration of the classic story.
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Alice Through The Looking Glass revolves around the theme of time travel. Unfortunately, time is not on its side. Released six years after the first instalment, one would wonder if a sequel is still necessary. On the bright side, those who did not watch Alice in Wonderland (or no longer remember it after six years) need not worry. Despite featuring the same familiar faces, the plot has little bearing on its predecessor.

This film spends little time with the fanciful characters that made the first adventure a joy to watch. When they do appear, they are not themselves. Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is sick and pessimistic. The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) is much less intimidating without her reign. The White Queen (Anne Hathaway) commits some actions that seem out of character. Other iconic Alice in Wonderland characters such as the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), Absolem the Caterpillar (the late Alan Rickman), and Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas) hardly contribute to the plot at all. It felt as if this is an entirely unrelated story with Alice in Wonderland characters shoehorned in, instead of a sequel.

The most memorable performance came from Sacha Baron Cohen, who joined the cast as the personification of Time. He is consistently funny throughout the film, although his excellent comedic timing and expressions cannot save the numerous cringe-worthy puns about “time”.

Mia Wasikowska portrayed a more likeable Alice at the beginning of the film. Alice the Ship Captain is a far departure from the girl in the first film. Once she gets to Underland, she wastes no time to embrace her mission. Anchoring on Alice’s attempts to rescue Mad Hatter’s family made the film slightly more coherent and focused than the first. Unfortunately, film spends most of its duration with her and Alice has never been the most interesting character. The lack of character development and some out-of-character moments made Alice difficult to relate to at times.

The time travel element is an intriguing plot device that allows this film to be both a sequel and a prequel to the first film. I quite enjoyed seeing the backstories of the characters, such as Mad Hatter’s childhood and the origin of the sibling rivalry between the Red Queen and the White Queen.

The film is as visually impressive as its predecessor. There were interesting settings such as Time’s clock-shaped castle and the Oceans of Time. Nonetheless, the world-building lacks the Carrollian absurdity that the first film managed to capture. Nothing would make you go “Curiouser and curiouser” this time. This could have something to do with Tim Burton leaving the director’s seat to helm the producer role.

Alice Through the Looking Glass is a sequel that would find it difficult to please both first-time viewers and fans of the predecessor. While the film manages to entertain at times, it lacks the charm, positivity, and sense of wonder that made Alice in Wonderland a more compelling iteration of the classic story.
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