Alice Through the Looking Glass


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This follow-up to Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland brings back most of the same team (Burton has stepped back to be a producer), the same high-energy and 3D digital effects.

Mia Wasikowska returns as the eminently sensible Alice, who has been adventuring on the high seas since we last saw her. The story bears little relation to Lewis Carroll’s novel. Instead, screenwriter Linda Woolverton aims for a sequel that also serves as a prequel, with plenty of flashbacks to the past lives of the Mad Hatter (Depp), White Queen (Anne Hathaway) and Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).

It’s Alice’s job, after tumbling through the mirror and returning to Wonderland, to negotiate with volatile almost-villain Time (Sacha Baron Cohen in slightly grating form) to save Hatter, who is dying from a broken heart.

The pace barely leaves you time to think – blink and you’ll lose the plot. But there’s plenty of imagination to honour the spirit of Carroll’s topsy-turvy tales, even if the emotional resolutions are distinctly 21st century.

By Dave Calhoun
Time Out Doha,

Alice Through the Looking Glass

  • Duration: 113
  • Released: Thu, 21 Jul
  • Classification: PG13
  • Language: English
  • Director: James Bobin
  • Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

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