Alice Through the Looking Glass2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Critic Consensus: Alice Through the Looking Glass is just as visually impressive as its predecessor, but that isn't enough to cover for an underwhelming story that fails to live up to its classic characters.
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as Alice Kingsleigh
as Mad Hatter
as The White Queen
as The Red Queen
as Zanik Hightopp
as Tweedledee/Tweedledum, Tweedeldee/Tweedledum
as James Harcourt
as Blue Caterpillar
as Aunt Imogene
as Helen Kingsleigh
as Cheshire Cat
as Lord Hamish Ascot
as Lady Ascot
as Dr. Addison Bennet
as White Rabbit
as King Oleron
as Humpty Dumpty
as Chess King
as Queen Elsewhere
as Young Hatter
as Young Hatter
as Young Mirana
as Young Iracebeth
as Tyva Hightopp
as Bim Hightopp
as Bumalig Hightopp
as Poomally Hightopp
as Paloo Hightopp
as Pimlick Hightopp
as First Mate
as Delivery Frog
as Gentleman Fish
as Board Member
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Critic Reviews for Alice Through the Looking Glass
Screenwriter Linda Woolverton shows considerable ingenuity in the way she creates backstories for Lewis Carroll's characters.
It's all a bit bloodless, with a serious shortage of laughs.
This yummy film feels like a healthy choice for growing girls. Though it probably won't earn a billion dollars, what it offers is priceless.
Alice Through the Looking Glass was always going to be something of a stretch. The best material from the Lewis Carroll novel on which it is based was greedily excavated, in 2010, by Tim Burton for his smash hit 3D Alice in Wonderland.
Audience Reviews for Alice Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass has more going for it that exceeds the shallow action exhibition of its predecessor, however I think all the excessive visuals deter much from the human aspect of the film. The sequel is a winding lesson about accepting the past, moving forward and family. In all of it's visual spender it feels as though these core themes simply don't resonate the way they could at any point. The wooden relationships between the characters are likely to blame, they often feel superficial without any context. If only Burton spent as much time on giving them the heart that they deserved instead of making a CGI fiesta.
James Bobin tones down Underland in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Traveling a 110 minutes, the film has an interesting story to tell. Time travel has the habit of peeking interest and it does so here. With that said, the quirkiness and overall fun fantasy piece that is the Underland universe is light and overpowered with a more serious tone. As expected the CG is on overload, leaving a colorful and pleasing look to the eyes. With as much CG as there is, it definitely has its ups and downs, but it works in this picture's favor more than it hurts. The likes of Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway reprise roles successfully. No award winning performances here; just good clean fun characters. Not as over the top as expecting, Sacha Baron Cohen is a pleasant surprise. Alice Through the Looking Glass never busts through the glass, but merely crosses through it.
Alice Through the Looking Glass is a wackadoodle free-for-all with a CGI budget that's roughly the GDP of an island nation. Every scene of this haphazardly plotted film bursts with more computer generated imagery than the human eye can even absorb. Each display vies for the viewer's attention as effect is heaped upon effect. One exhibition competes with the next for space within the frame. There is little relief from the uninterrupted excess. The crowded extravaganza is so staggeringly overindulgent, it's vulgar. I've played with kaleidoscopes that had a more coherent narrative. Meanwhile Johnny Depp minces with abandon as the Mad Hatter, lisping all the while in another fey performance so cloying it inspired me to brush my teeth afterward for fear I might get cavities. Helena Bonham Carter, so wonderful as the Red Queen in the last film, bickers with her sister to the point of annoyance. Her decades old hate for her sibling, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), revealed as having originated as a lie to the question "Who ate these tarts?" There is little story. Just effects. Alice Through The Looking Glass is stridently obscene in its desire to distract and confuse. The production is focused on satiating the basest component of visual desire and nothing more. It's offensive. fastfilmreviews.com
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