Alice Through the Looking Glass Film Review
Alice Through the Looking Glass starts like any other Disney movie with Johnny Depp in it would - a battle against pirates. Why, you may ask? Why not? It's a selling point. Hey, at least Disney is consistent.
Alice makes it back from her journey and is soon called back to Wonderland to save the Mad Hatter, who is dying. Alice has to travel through time to find a way to save his family. In doing so, that would save Hatter. It's an interesting story and is constantly on the move. There's never a boring moment and it's easy to keep up with the plot. But, every movie has its flaw and this one has a few.
Let's start with the acting. It seemed like the acting in the present time wasn't as good as the acting in the past time. That could have been accidental, as most of the film took place in the past. It's also very possible that the present time scenes were rushed since there weren't many of them. However, there was one actor in particular that absolutely ruined every scene he was in and that was Sacha Baron Cohen, who played Time itself. Sacha was deplorable and difficult to tolerate. He's almost like Will Ferrell in that both have annoying demeanors about them that you either love or you hate.
The CGI was leagues better than the first film. 3D is preferable, but it doesn't look horrible if it is seen in 2D. The makeup and costumes looked good overall except for Mad Hatter. For some reason, his makeup looked like a cross between adult Michael Jackson and an albino. In other words, he was EXTREMELY and unnecessarily pale.
In conclusion, the movie was a success. The story was well thought out and well-executed. There were emotional parts, which helped move the story along and also gave Alice more and more reasons to keep trying and never give up. If a third film is made, then I hope it's as least as good as this one, just leave Sacha out of it.
© 2016 Alec Zander