15Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

2.5 out of 5

Alice Through the Looking Glass is more of a shiny, yet hollow, Disney product than meaningful continuation of Alice’s story.

Picking up three years after Alice (Mia Wasikowska) makes her second trip down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass has the titular heroine

journey back to the magical realm in order to save her friend, the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). Alice must call upon the help of Time himself, and journey back to the past of Wonderland’s history to save Hatter’s family, while preventing the fragile timeline from being broken in the process.

Like many of the characters in Through the Looking Glass, the film itself is beautiful to look at, but rather hallow at its core. The end product comes across more as a rushed Disney project to keep the Alice franchise afloat, rather than a meaningful continuation of the character’s story. Even the returning cast of Depp, Hathaway, and Bonham Carter isn’t enough to elevate this forgettable film to something more worthwhile. Disney should have used Alice’s time-traveling Chronosphere themselves to go back in time and warn the filmmakers not to waste their efforts on this forced sequel.

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