by: Dallas Thompson
This weekend marks the release of Alice Through the Looking Glass, a film that I got to see earlier this week. After seeing the first installment, I was reluctant to see this one. I personally was not a fan of the original, so i didn't expect this one to be any better. I was entertained throughout the film, but not amazed in any way.
Story-wise, I was intrigued, as I had never heard it before. The story, as summarized on IMDB is "Alice returns to the magical world of Wonderland, only to find the Hatter in a horrible state. With the help of her friends, Alice must travel through time to save the Mad Hatter and Wonderland's fate from the evil clutches of the Red Queen and a clock like creature, known as Time." Unfortunately, many of the performances fell flat. The stand out performance to me was Time, portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen. He has several comedic moments and portrayed his character well. The story takes a while to get interesting, and even then it still is just okay. Visually, however, the film was amazing.
If there was one thing I enjoyed about 2010's release of Alice in Wonderland, it would have to be the visuals. Visually, the film exceeds in every way. The CGI looks great, and the colors are vibrant. Seeing the film in 3D helped even more, as it immersed you in to Wonderland for the duration of the film. Especially the parts when Alice gets smaller or travels in time, you can tell that they tried to make the film visually stunning. If you see it in theaters, make sure to see it in 3D, it is definitely worth the extra money.
In summary, this film is definitely an improvement, but I do not think I am the right audience. I have never been a big fan of the Wonderland series, but I did enjoy this film and was entertained. Should you go see it in theaters? That's really a tough question to answer. If you are interested in it, I would say yes, but if not it is nothing you need to rush out and see. It can easily wait for Blu-Ray or Digital release.