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by Roger Tennis




RATED PG (fantasy action/peril and some language)

RUNNING TIME: 113 minutes
DIRECTOR: James Bobin

Johnny Depp - Hatter Tarrant Hightopp
Mia Wasikowska - Alice Kingsleigh
Helena Bonham Carter - Iracebeth
Sacha Baron Cohen - Time
Anne Hathaway - Mirana
Rhys Ifans - Zanik Hightopp
Alan Rickman - Absolem (voice)
Michael Sheen - White Rabbit (voice)
Stephen Fry - Cheshire Cat (voice)

Alice Kingsleigh has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter, who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. - Walt Disney Pictures

ROG'S VIEWPOINT: 4 CAMS Camera Camera Camera Camera
This sequel to Tim Burton's 2010 dazzler is also a visual spectacular filled with magical nonsense. While mind-numbing at times, it's still an enjoyable roller coaster ride - especially in 3D. The third dimension draws the viewer into the action where the effect is sometimes dizzying, but satisfying. For those who need to forgo the glasses, the 2D version won't disappoint. Director James Bobin, who helmed both "The Muppets" (2011) and "Muppets Most Wanted" (2014), does a magnificent job of keeping Tim Burton's vision intact. Breathtaking sets and costumes fill the colorful landscape where the quirky denizens reside. With the Mad Hatter's life and family at stake, most of the film rests on the capable shoulders of Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp. This time around, there are more emotional moments and thrills than laughs. Helena Bonham Carter reigns as the feared Red Queen, but manages to add sympathy to the role and Sacha Baron Cohen commands attention as Time. Sadly, this is the late Alan Rickman's last vocal performance as Absolem - the caterpillar turned blue butterfly. None of these Alice screen adventures will ever take the place of Walt's 1951 animated classic in my heart. But this version is slightly more than a mirror image of the 2010 Burton trip. "Alice Through the Looking Glass" is a wonder to behold.


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