No new look through the Glass

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

THE di­rec­to­rial reins have been handed over, but lit­tle else has changed in Dis­ney’s live ac­tion Alice in Won­der­land fran­chise.

James Bobin takes over from Tim Bur­ton, but you would hardly have no­ticed, with the same fo­cus on the vis­ual as­pect.

De­spite all the CGI that money can buy, Bobin, who helped bring Mup­pets back to the big screen with the de­light­fully hip and fresh The Mup­pets (2011), fails to bring the same piz­zazz.

Af­ter a fas­ci­nat­ing and in­trigu­ing 20odd minute open­ing set­ting up adult Alice (Mia Wasikowska) in a male-driven world of sea ex­plo­ration and busi­ness and her “any­thing is pos­si­ble” be­liefs chal­lenged by her tra­di­tional mother, it quickly pro­pels into a CGI spec­ta­cle in which the story in­stantly loses its dra­matic edge.

Alice’s real-life plight is all but for­got­ten in lieu of her mis­sion to help save her mate the Mad Hat­ter (Johnny Depp), suf­fer­ing a de­pres­sive state over the death of his fam­ily years ago, and a slew of time puns and brain-twist­ing time­travel logic.

En­sur­ing a “get your money’s worth” run­ning time of al­most two hours, we are treated to ad­di­tional back-story for sis­ters White Queen (Anne Hath­away) and Red Queen (He­lena Bon­ham Carter) for dra­matic weight.

The bright spark ad­di­tion to the al­ready abun­dant quirky and colour­ful char­ac­ters is Sacha Baron Co­hen as Time, who keeps time and guards the item that Alice needs to go back in time.

Plenty to look at (the de­sign­ers have worked won­ders), but lit­tle to en­gage with or grasp on to dra­mat­i­cally, Look­ing Glass is best de­scribed as an en­joy­able time-passer.

A side­step back into the real world half­way through is so baf­flingly brief and in­con­se­quen­tial, it is more like a spe­cialfea­ture deleted scene on the DVD.

Alice Through the Look­ing Glass is, as was the first, a per­fectly pass­able, though un­re­mark­able or last­ing piece of cinema con­fec­tionery, one that is en­joy­able but quickly melts away.

Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska.

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