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D23 – ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Footage Looks Uninspired

Posted on August 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Sometimes it’s hard to keep an open mind. Case in point: Alice Through the Looking Glass. It was over five years ago that Tim Burton’s meh adaptation inexplicably grossed over a billion dollars. I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who enjoyed it. During today’s panel at D23 there was a noticeable lack of interest. Occasionally I’ll see a cosplayer dressed up as Pale-Johnny-Depp-Warlock  – which immediately marks said cosplayer as one of dubious and questionable taste. But a billion dollars is a billion dollars. So here we are five years later with a sequel that no one ever asked for but we’re getting anyway.

Through the Looking Glass finds Alice being recruited back to Wonderland after The Mad Hatter mysteriously goes “bad.” How do we know The Mad Hatter’s gone bad? Because his ginger hair has turned grey, of course. Have I lost you yet? To save the Mad Hatter, Alice goes through a clock and back in time to figure out what happened alice-through-the-looking-glass-logo-600x464to her old friend. When traveling back in time, she crosses paths with Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen) who isn’t happy with the proposition of Alice going back and changing events. “You can not outrun time,” Cohen bellows as Alice does just that. Anne Hathaway shows up again as The White Queen, somehow looking even more vacant and bored in thirty seconds of footage than she was in the entire first film. This is a tall order. Helen Bonham Carter screeches the joint up as The Red Queen again. Johnny Depp continues to do whatever he did as The Mad Hatter in the first film. Mia Wasikowska obviously showed up to set. I got nothing… It’s a movie… maybe.

Maybe I’m being unfair. I like filmmaker James Bobin (The Muppets). Some of the imagery in the teaser looked decent – Alice walking through a door that then opens into the sky, Time’s Clockwork land, filled with black gothic ticking clocks. I sort-of warmed to Cohen’s beyond over-the-top performance. But in the end this looks like an obvious cash grab and even those on stage had a hard time drumming up excitement for the film… and that’s their job.

Alice Through The Looking Glass opens on May 27th, 2016

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