Movie Review: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (USA 2016) **

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (USA 2016) **
Directed by James Bobin

Sarring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifan

Review by Gilbert Seah

Based on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking Glass”, the sequel to ALICE IN WONDERLAND entitled ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is produced by Tim Burton but the director’s reins are now taken over by The Muppet’s James Bobbin. Burton’s dark first film is replaced by glowing dizziness, all shiny stuff and sparkles, delivering a louder and glitzier Alice. Which one is better? Critics have been divided roughly 50-50. But both films had the common trait that the plot’s logic is largely incomprehensible.

When ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS opens, the titles inform that the ship Alice Kinsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is captain of, is sailing the Straits of Malacca in the year 1874. To those rusty with their geography or history, the straits is the narrow sea separating the west of West Malaysia (known at that time as Malaysia) and Sumatra, Indonesia. It is the time when trade was opening between Britain and the East Indies. Alice is supposed to be prospering in trade. But now, she is pursued by pirates. The pirates are inserted, perhaps to whet audience’s appetite for a new version of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN from Disney. Alice’s ship escapes, thanks to the magic of CGI but she returns to more trouble in London, England.

The plot involves a few different stories. One is her losing her independence and her ship to a former suitor, Hamish (Leo Bill). But Alice escapes through a looking glass back into Wonderland where she meets her old friends Tweedledee/Tweedledum (Matt Lucas from LITTLE BRITAIN), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the White Queen (Anne Hathaway). Everyone appears worried about the depressed Hatter (Johnny Depp), and the White Queen dispatches Alice to travel back into the past to save his family. So the second story involves Alice stealing time in the form of a gyroscope under pursuit by Time (Sacha baron Cohen) himself. The other less interesting one has the red queen (Helena Bonham Carter) dealing with her evil issues.

The humour is very, very mad and all over the place. Imagine sitting in a room having tea with a bunch of crazies or on an uncontrollable acid trip. Johnny Depp is in home territory here.

Sadly, the film’s most interesting segments are Alice’s problems back in reality dealing with her mother’s contract to Hamish and how she deals with them. It is when Alice goes to Wonderland, which is the majority of the picture, is when the film gets too crazy.

All the gaudy excesses cannot hide the fact that a film with a convoluted and confusing plot results in a less satisfying entertainment – whether a dark or glossy look is used to disguise it. Both ALICE fins fail to hit the mark. And the film contains too many puns on the word ‘time’.

The film is lovingly dedicated to Alan Rickman who voiced Absalom, the blue butterfly that leads Alice to the magical looking glass. It is funny that Rickman should be remembered by his last film a a blue butterfly than in his first film and best role in DEEPLY, MADLY, SWEETLY.

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Helena Bonham Carter

helenabonhamcarter.jpgHappy Birthday actor Helena Bonham Carter

Born: May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, UK

Read reviews of the best of the actor:

HOWARDS ENDHowards End
1992
dir.James Ivory
Starring
Hopkins
Emma Thompson
Carter

FRANKENSTEIN MOVIE POSTERFrankenstein
1994
dir. Kenneth Branagh
Starring
Robert DeNiro
Kenneth Branagh

A ROOM WITH A VIEWA Room with a View
1985
dir. James Ivory
Starring
Bonham-Carter
Julian Sands

Fight ClubFight Club
1999
dir. Fincher
starring
Brad Pitt
Edward Norton

BIG FISHBig Fish
2003
dir. Tim Burton
Starring
Ewan McGregor
Albert Finney

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Chocolate Factory
2005
dir. Tim Burton
Starring
Johnny Depp
Freddie Highmore

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIXHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2007
dir. David Yates
Starring
Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Melling

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
2007
dir. Burton
Starring
Johnny Depp
Carter

TERMINATOR 4 SALVATIONTerminator 4: Salvation
dir. Mc G
Starring
Christian Bale
Sam Worthington

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCEHarry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2009
dir. David Yates
Starring
Daniel Radcliffe

Alice in Wonderland Movie PosterAlice in Wonderland
dir. Tim Burton
Stars
Mia Wasikowska
Johnny Depp

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWSHARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
dir. David Yates
Stars:
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson

MOVIE POSTERHARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOW PART 2
dir. David Yates

MOVIETHE KING’S SPEECH
2010
dir. Tom Hooper
starring
Helena Bonham Carter
Colin Firth

movie posterPLANET OF THE APES
2001
dir. Tim Burton
Starring:
Mark Wahlberg
Tim Roth

MOVIE POSTERDARK SHADOWS
dir. Tim Burton
Stars:
Johnny Depp
Michelle Pfeiffer

MOVIE POSTERTHE LONE RANGER
2013
dir. Gore Verbinski
Stars:
Johnny Depp
Armie Hammer

MOVIE POSTERLES MISERABLES
dir. Tom Hooper

Stars:
Hugh Jackman
Russell Crowe

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WATCH TOP 10 BEST OF HELENA

10. A ROOM WITH A VIEW, 1987 – Watch romantic scene with Julian Sands

9. CORPSE BRIDE, 2005 – Watch animation scene from Tim Burton film

8. FRANKENSTEIN, 1994 – Watch scene with where she becomes the Bride of Frankenstein

7. BIG FISH, 2004 – Watch scene with Ewan McGregor

6. SWEENEY TODD, 2007 – Watch singing scene with Johnny Depp

5. ALICE IN WONDERLAND, 2010 – Watch scene with Bonham Carter playing the Red Queen

4. FIGHT CLUB, 1999 – Watch final scene of the film with Edward Norton

3. TERMINATOR: SALVATION, 2009 – Watch scene from Terminator: Salvation (2009). With Sam Worthington

2. HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, 2007 – Watch best of Harry Potter as Carter plays Bellatrix Lestrange

1. CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER WOMAN, 2005 – Watch sex scene with Aaron Eckhart


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