ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS REVIEWED
“Alice Through The Looking Glass” is an unneeded sequel. Sure, there were other books about Alice and her adventures. It’s just that Disney, Burton and whomever else didn’t real feel the need for straight adaptations. What they wanted was something that falls between preteen Hot Topic starter kit and Victorian CG Cinema. Did you ever want to learn every possible detail about the Wonderland characters? Well, too bad. Especially since a lot of it has to do with learning about the Mad Hatter’s family.
Apparently, a dragon burned them to death and that made the Hatter go crazy at the MAC Cosmetic counter. Alan Rickman makes one final cinematic appearance reprising his role as the Caterpillar. It’s not as bad as Orson Welles going out on “Transformers the Movie”, but it leaves one wondering why we couldn’t have gotten something else as a swan song. This film’s tepid villain is the Timekeeper who uses his chronal powers to help Alice keep the plot moving forward. He’s not so much a villain, as much as he’s the only guy in Wonderland that has a serious job. No one cares for that and he gets made to suffer.
When the film finally decides we’ve had enough as an audience, it forces a girl power finale to serve as a conclusion. Two upper class Victorians without sailing experience heading off to The Orient only seems to promise great things. What I wouldn’t give to see another sequel open with Singapore pirates going all “Captain Phillips” on Alice and his mother. But, I’m a dreamer like that. Avoid until video, watch if you’re curious.
Runtime: 1hr 53mins