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Monday, July 4, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass : Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

After a misunderstanding with her mom, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself back to Wonderland. Her friend, the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is suffering from a depression as he suddenly remembered the fate of his family and believed that they are still alive. Alice, didn't believe him at first, which causes the Mad Hatter to further lose his strength. Soon, Alice must find Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) and borrow the Chronosphere to travel back to the past and find out what happened to the Mad Hatter's family. However, she must be really careful not to alter anything and act fast in order to save his friend before his time runs off.

The film continues to bring in the magic when it comes to visual effects and still transports its viewers to an extravagant realm of imagination. It had that sense of urgency in replicating the same success its predecessor but can't seem to maintain an enjoyable pace at it became tedious at some point. As for the story, it really has an interesting subject that kids can easily follow with a bit of humor and mild thrills to sustain enough energy to make everything steady. 

Mia Wasikowska made a complete mastery of portraying Alice. She is like a high-spirited gem that can make a dark road shine effortlessly. It's nice to see Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway go at each other. They are just simply fun to watch as Carter remains to be a likable villain while Hathaway's innocence always light up the screen. Sacha Baron Cohen was enjoyable as Time, but we can't still quite absorb his character because of his accent that makes us remind of the movie "The Dictator." With balanced and talented stars, Johnny Depp can't seem to find his rhythm  to be the Mad Hatter we've loved from the first film. Yes, it was the part of its story, but we find Depp a bit lost at times and can't really feel the charm he always delivers.   

Overall, Alice Through the Looking Glass may not surpass the beauty of its predecessor, but once again it managed to transport its viewers into a magical journey. It still delivers a passable entertainment and a good film for the whole family to enjoy. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7.5 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen

Directed by: James Bobin
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Pictures PH
Opens July 6 in cinemas nationwide
Experience it in IMAX 3D


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