Alice Through The Looking Glass [2016] ★★

alicettlg_payoff_1-sht_v13_smTim Burton’s attempt at reinventing Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and turn it into a live-action movie back in 2010 resulted in a visually impressive experience…but it bored me to tears. Did we really need a sequel? Definitely not, and “Through the Looking Glass” offers absolutely nothing new. Mia Wasikowka reprises her role as Alice, who returns to Wonderland to discover that her friend the Hatter (Johnny Depp) isn’t himself anymore. To save him, she must travel back in time and set things right. Along the way, she will encounter all sorts of weird characters, from Sacha Baron Cohen as “Time” to Helena Bonham Carter as the crazy Red Queen. After all, this is still Alice in Wonderland, and anyone who knows the original story will know what to expect from this movie. But I couldn’t care less for anything happening onscreen. I guess the problem with a movie that uses heavy CGI as a substitute for good writing is that it doesn’t mean a thing anymore. A lot of movies have great CGI; That’s not an excuse to disregard the script. As a result, director James Bobin can only do much with the script he was given, and the same is true for the talented cast. Without a colorful story, “Alice Through The Looking Glass” is just sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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