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re­leased 19 septem­ber 2016 | pG | blu-ray 3d/blu-ray/dVd/ down­load Direc­tor James bobin Cast mia Wasikowska, Johnny depp, He­lena bon­ham Carter, sacha baron Co­hen, anne Hath­away

Why did au­di­ences flock to Tim Bur­ton’s ter­ri­ble Alice In Won­der­land but desert its se­quel, Alice Through the Look­ing Glass? Was it the six-year space in-be­tween films? Was it new, rel­a­tively un­known direc­tor James Bobin? Or was it sim­ply a case of “once bit­ten, twice shy”? What­ever the rea­son, Look­ing Glass is the bet­ter film, but it’s a ground-graz­ingly low bar.

Pick­ing up sev­eral years af­ter Mia Wasikowska’s Alice’s last trip, it sees her re­turn to Won­der­land marred by the fact that the Mad Hat­ter (Johnny Depp) is dy­ing. This, ap­par­ently, is not a good thing, and the only way to save him is to en­list the help of Time – per­son­i­fied here by the film’s sav­ing grace, Sacha Baron Co­hen.

Co­hen is just what Won­der­land needed. He’s ec­cen­tric; he’s funny; he has a Werner Her­zog ac­cent, for some rea­son. He sticks out in a cast that, for all their tal­ents, are still lum­bered with play­ing ir­ri­tat­ing sim­ple­tons. For Co­hen and Bobin – who pre­vi­ously col­lab­o­rated on Da Ali G Show – are the new jar­ring with the old. Vis­ually, Time’s clock­work cas­tle – an imag­i­na­tive, gothic tri­umph – is far su­pe­rior to the gar­ish, CGI Won­der­land. Sadly it’s the old, with its hol­low di­a­logue and non­sen­si­cal plot, that ends up suf­fo­cat­ing ev­ery­thing.

Ex­tras On DVD: a four-minute fea­turette on the cos­tumes. The Blu-ray adds com­men­tary from James Bobin, ten deleted scenes, and about 25 min­utes’ more bits and bobs. Stephen Kelly

Co­hen is the sav­ing grace

Dur­ing a scene where Alice trav­els through a time vortex, the mu­sic briefly nods to the Doc­tor Who theme tune.

“Please don’t write on this in blood.”

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