Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Journey Back To Wonderland in "Alice Through The Looking Glass"

*This is a sponsored review: All opinions are 100% mine.

PG; 113 minutes; $39.99; Amazon

Now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment is Alice Through The Looking Glass. Directed by James Bobin, the film stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

In this sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland (and based on the characters by Lewis Carroll), Alice Through The Looking Glass picks up three years later where Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska) has been at sea commanding her late father's ship. When she returns home, she learns that her ex-fiancé, Hamish Asco (played by Leo Bill) had taken over her father's company and is threatening to take her family home as well.

Once again, Alice runs away, but this time she follows the butterfly Absolem (voiced by Alan Rickman in his final performance) through a mirror that takes her to Underland. There she learns that her old friend, the Mad Hatter (played by Johnny Depp), has become homesick after finding a mini-hat he had made when he was a child. It seems his family died during the Attack of the Jabberwocky.

After talking to the White Queen (played by Anne Hathaway), Alice decides to search for Time (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) and try to convince him to travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter's family. Unfortunately, things doesn't go as plan, forcing Alice to steal the Chronosphere and travel through time herself.

Of course the Red Queen (played by Helena Bonham Carter) is never too far behind.

Bonus Features includes:

  • Behind The Looking Glass - Explore the making of the movie with the filmmakers and cast.
  • A Stitch In Time: Costuming Wonderland - Learn what goes into creating the film's spectacular costumes.
  • Time On... - In a whimsical interview, Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) reflects on his close friendship with author Lewis Carroll.
  • Characters Of Underland - A look at the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Absolem and other supporting characters who bring Underland to life.
  • Scene Peelers - Watch scenes transform from raw production footage to final form in these amazing side-by-side comparisons.
  • Music Video: "Just Like Fire" By Pink & Behind The Music Video - Join Pink on her adventure in Wonderland.
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes 

Final Thoughts: I vaguely remember the first film, Alice in Wonderland, which I do recall it had way too many CGI background scenes. The sequel underperformed at the box office over the summer, mostly due to the negative reviews, but also because the film wasn't marketed correctly. From the few advertisements that I did see, the film looked like it was a carbon copy of the first film. However, the film is actually about Alice traveling through time to help save the Mad Hatter's family.

The CGI effects have improved since the first film. Now the CGI characters blends well with the backgrounds and don't look as fake. This time around the script is better written; though it barely resembles Lewis Carroll's original stories.

Overall, Alice Through The Looking Glass is a surprisingly fun, whimsical tale that easily surpasses the original film.

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