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Live action versions of classic stories and fairy-tales are quickly becoming one of the most popular genres as of late. With the hype caused by films like last year's Cinderella and next year's Beauty and the Beast, it's easy to see that these are definitely what film audiences are interested in seeing. The latest film to follow this film is a sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland.
Alice Through the Looking Glass stars Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and Sacha Baron Cohen. It tells the story of Alice's return to Wonderland as she goes on a journey through time to save the Mad Hatter and his family. The first film grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and was relatively well received by audiences. Is this one any different?
Alice Through the Looking Glass is not the type of film you'll hate watching, but you won't necessarily enjoy it either. I think the biggest problem with this film is that it answers all the questions that nobody was asking. It feels the need to give backstories to all of the major characters in Wonderland and explain why they are the way they are.
Let's start with the acting. I know that all of the characters in Wonderland are eccentric and full of oddities, but the acting in this film was so over-the-top. It wasn't in a way that it fit the characters, it was over-the-top in a way that just made the film uncomfortable. Out of all of the actors who did this, Johnny Depp stood out the most. It was just another oddball character that you can expect out of just about any of Depp's films nowadays. The rest of the cast was simply ok. Mia Wasikowska was quite bland as Alice, Sacha Baron Cohen had an inconsistent accent and Helena Bonham Carter was just ridiculous. None of the cast in this film worked nearly as well as they could have, and the entire film suffered because of it.
The story to this film was extremely forced. It was so painfully obvious that this was a film they didn't plan on making, but then Alice in Wonderland made a billion dollars, and now here we are. The plot made so little sense that at times that Alice, the protagonist of the film, felt like the villain. In fact, I would go to as far to say that it felt that way for a majority of the film. She was selfishly messing with time and putting everyone at risk simply because of one friend. Obviously, she never watched Star Trek. The needs of the many outway the needs of the few, right?
Where this film worked best was with its visuals. The visual aspect of this film was fantastic. A majority of the film looked beautiful. Everything in Wonderland save for a few shots was absolutely breathtaking to look at. All of the different colors in this film worked so well together, and they made the film at least somewhat interesting to watch.
The worst part is the film isn't even funny. Granted, it's not necessarily a comedy, but generally films like this have a little comedic aspect to them. Alice Through the Looking Glass tried to be funny, but it just didn't work. The humor was so forced, and at times, it made absolutely no sense. I was in a packed theater, and it was relatively silent throughout the entirety of the film. I say relatively because there was one person down the row from me that laughed extremely hard at everything. So, at least somebody found enjoyment in the film.
Overall, I would not recommend Alice Through the Looking Glass. It's very plainly a film made purely for money, none of its performances were worthwhile, and the story made absolutely no sense. The only place this film actually works is with its visuals, and even those are a little iffy throughout. To put it plainly, Alice Through the Looking Glass is a bore. Some people may enjoy it, but a majority of people won't.
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