Tim Burton has tackled many fantastic worlds in his films. He has done many original stories as well as lending his vision to worlds that already existed such as the Batman films. But when he decided to tackle Alice in Wonderland in 2010 he was taking on a story that had been around a long time yet somehow seemed to be perfectly suited to him. It turned out to be a visually stunning film with some new twists and another unique character in the Mad Hatter for Johnny Depp to add to his resume. Now six years later we have another adventure for Alice with much of the same cast and crew but with Burton only in a producer role and James Bobin (The Muppets) taking over directing duties.
After the events of the first film, Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) has spent three years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas as the captain of her own ship. Upon her return to London, she discovers a scheme has taken place resulting in her ship is being sold to save her family home. Distressed, Alice disappears through a mysterious mirror and returns to Underland to find her friend The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) in dire straights and must travel through time to make things right again.
Alice Through the Looking Glass doesn’t quite measure up to Burton’s original but director Bobin does do an admirable job of keeping the universe Burton created intact. Much of the cast is back with Wasikowska, Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter all doing a great job stepping back in their roles and new cast additions Anne Hathaway and Sacha Baron Cohen are all really fun in their respective roles. The production design is still massive, enchanting and jaw droppingly impressive. The story is interesting but didn’t quite pull me in as much as I was hoping for but all the other elements pulled it together to still be a really fun movie, especially when watching with the kids. Recommended.