Disney certainly knows how to craft financially successful films. Especially when they take their animated classics and adapt them into live action features, the Mouse basically has a formula all but down pat. Opening this week, Alice Through the Looking Glass is the latest in that endeavor, one which was executed to tremendous effect recently with The Jungle Book. This one doesn’t appear to be nearly as strong a work, which makes sense considering the last installment in this now franchise was Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which I didn’t care for one bit. Still, it was a hit, and I highly suspect that this one will be a hit as well.
The movie is, once again, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, obviously. Taking place years after the first film, Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is drawn back into Wonderland by her oppressed life in the real world as well as an issue with the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). You see, the Hatter is depressed, and Alice wants to help. As such, she time travels to attempt to save the day, literally doing battle with Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) in the process. Old friends and new ones are on hand for this CGI overload, which will probably appeal to children. James Bobin takes over for Burton as director, with the script written by Linda Woolverton. Other cast members include Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen, Rhys Ifans, Lindsay Duncan, Matt Lucas, Leo Bill, the late Alan Rickman, and more. Danny Elfman provides the score, while Colleen Atwood handled the costumes.
Reviews have been poor so far, but I doubt that will end up mattering much. The buzz was terrible for the first one and it became a huge hit. Odds are that this new outing will make a ton of money for Disney once more. It may even be helped by the recent good will generated by The Jungle Book, as opposed to whatever people seem to think about Alice in Wonderland. These live action remakes of their animated classics always print money, so this will be no exception. They’re hit or miss when it comes to quality, and this one is apparently a miss, but the wheels on the bus continue to go round and round, as it were.
Believe it or not, this is a legitimate awards contender. Not in the major categories of course, but the Academy will likely […]