Even though I didn’t care for 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland”, I thought the visuals were the film’s best aspect. This is the same case for “Alice Through the Looking Glass” as it has Tim Burton’s fingerprints all over it despite not directing it this around (similar to the recent “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”).
Just like the previous “Alice” movie, most of the cast are pretty much hamming it up. It seems that Johnny Depp has been trying to evoke the spirit of Jack Sparrow in recent movie and this performance is no different. Remember how Helena Bonham Carter’s version of the Red Queen was always screaming in the previous “Alice” movie? Well, the screams are turned up to eleven this time around. Be prepared, folks, or else your ears will bleed. In all seriousness, the best performance in this movie is Sacha Baron Cohen as the personification of Time. Mia Wasikowska is just as bland as ever as Alice. Baron Cohen seems to be the only person in this movie who is genuinely having fun with his character.
Although the plot tends to wander off at various points throughout the movie, the character of Alice actually has a purpose this time around instead of being just the audience surrogate. I felt that the stakes were higher and there was more to lose.
Overall, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is better than its predecessor even though it has little to offer besides the visuals.