Disney’s first Alice in Wonderland was not only a huge hit with over a billion dollars in world wide box office, but it was a dark day for cinema. With its huge numbers, Alice set of a trend of live action remakes that have generally been low quality and filled with off-putting CGI.
At least, the sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass takes a step away from the original film to bring us something we won’t be comparing in our minds to a far superior original. Also, this sequel’s story looks like it could be a little bit of fun. Still… I really hate the CGI stylings for this franchise.
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.