JEANNE'S REVIEW

 

Lovely Mia Wasikowska is back in "Alice Through the Looking Glass" as Alice Kingsleigh, along with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as Mirana, Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth and the voices of Michael Sheen, the White Rabbit, Timothy Spall, Bayard, Stephen Fry, the Cheshire Cat and the late Alan Rickman, Absolem. This time poor Alice must chance a race against Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) to save the Hatter who has fallen into despair.

 

Based on Lewis Carroll's fantastical characters and setting of Wonderland, and featuring a screenplay by Linda Woolverton, director James Bobin brings "Alice Through the Looking Glass" to life in spectacular 3D fashion. The adventure begins with Alice at the helm of her late father's merchant vessel, navigating through stormy weather, a sandbar rimmed by huge boulders, all while being chased by three pirate schooners.

 

Upon her return to London, Alice learns that her beloved ship is no longer hers, and rather than face a life as a clerk for her former fiance, she escapes through a magical mirror at the behest of Absolem, the blue caterpillar --- now a blue butterfly. Once she is back in Wonderland, Mirana and the rest of her friends  inform Alice that Hatter is terribly

despondent --- and only she can help him.

 

Despite what others may write about "Alice Through the Looking Glass" --- and I cannot pin this on David because he did not attend the screening --- I thoroughly enjoyed Bobin's film. I adore Depp and delight in his quirkiness. It's difficult to imagine any other actor infusing this colorful character, the Mad Hatter, with his certain je ne sais quoi. The scene of him and his tea companions goading Cohen's character with every "time" quip known to mankind is hilarious --- one of my favorites in the movie.

 

Depp's ability to emote true feelings of friendship with Wasikowska is endearing and very touching. Both are supremely expressive and Wasikowska, especially, is as precious and determined as she was in "Alice in Wonderland".

 

I'm always puzzled by the many naysayers regarding childrens' films such as this. "Alice Through the Looking Glass" is a gorgeous production with marvelous special effects and set designs. It's a treasure trove of delights to behold, though a bit jumbled at times, but not enough to detract from this exceptional experience. The fact that this is Rickman's last voice-over before his untimely death makes it even more memorable. And fittingly, "Alice Through the Looking Glass" is dedicated to him.

 

Opinion:  See It Now!