Adult Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is back in the chaotic, charmless Lewis Carroll theme-restaurant that Tim Burton invented a few years back, where she is less a hero in charge of her own life and more a pawn of forces outside her control. This time, Hatter (Johnny Depp) is out of sorts and needs her help, which she will offer because “Hatter is [her] truest friend.” We have no idea what Alice means by that—no one here approaches being a real character with plausible motivations—but this is the sort of movie that believes six impossible things because they’re in the script. Hoary time-travel clichés will be deployed as Alice steals a device from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen, channeling, for some reason, Werner Herzog) that threatens the fundamental soundness of the universe. But anything for a friend, right? It’s all a bit like a rejected script from Doctor Who—and Doctor Who has not been noted lately for rejecting much of anything. Looking Glass wants to be about a lot of big emotion—family, devotion, friendship—but it does nothing to earn any of it.
Director: James Bobin
Producer: Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd, Tim Burton and John Scotti
Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Lindsay Duncan and Matt Lucas
Alice Through the Looking Glass