Shallow beauty, stirring story for new Alice trip
ALICE THROUGH THE
LOOKING GLASS (PG)
Fantasy/113 minutes/Now showing
THERE'S never been a movie with more redheads than this.
In a flick overstuffed with weirdness, this struck me as the weirdest thing of all.
There's the Hatter and the Red Queen. Then there's the Hatter's large family and the villainous dork Hamish (Leo Bill).
Aside from the tresses, I enjoyed the look and vibe of this follow-up to Tim Burton's 2010 original.
Mia Wasikowska has never looked less boring, thanks to her vivid, whimsical costumes.
The places - from Time's clockwork lair to the Queen's heart-shaped castle - show imagination. It was also fun to watch Alice zoom through time with her Chronosphere.
Alas, there's just too much CGI. You get no sense of solidity.
As for the story, I was surprised by how many feels it gave me.
Maybe I'm just a sucker for Johnny Depp.
There are bits of magic amid the ostentatious spectacle.
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