This unasked-for sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 film rendition of the timeless Lewis Carroll story installs a new director at the helm, yet Alice Through the Looking Glass
repeats many of the same mistakes as Alice in Wonderland
. Both films favor their stories’ visual possibilities over character development and narrative intrigue. There are lots of adventures, but the whys and wherefores are slight and uninvolving. Alice (Wasikowska) determines to help the Mad Hatter (Depp) and gets sucked into a to-and-fro journey in which she has to seize a time machine to learn the reasons for the animosity of the queenly sisters (here called Mirana instead of White Queen, and Iracebeth rather than Red Queen). While the film’s special effects are quite something to behold, the rendition lacks magic, jabberwocky, and whimsy. This return to Wonderland is a dull outing, about which it can be said that Alice doesn’t live here anymore. Read a full review of Alice Through the Looking Glass.