SONY DADC, Rs 599
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Johnny Depp
Director: James Bobin
The film that has a huge fan base is back with a new story, a sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland (2010). Adapted from the 1865 novel by English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, this well-produced film gives insight into the characters from the first movie, Alice In Wonderland, with a storyline that teaches the true meaning of time and letting go. A family entertainer with a good sense of humour, it also packs some great special effects on a vibrant colour palette offering a stunning presentation with a tremendous amount of detail.
Having returned from her sea voyage to China as a sea captain, Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is faced with many problems. Her financiers have duped her family, and the decisions made by her mother while she was away have all gone wrong. Disgusted by all this, Alice sees a familiar face, the blue butterfly that was once the caterpillar Absolem. She decides to leave her mother and stumbles upon a looking glass that magically transports her back to Underland. Once there she encounters Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) who is not the person she used to know. She discovers that he has lost his “Muchness.” Alice must go back in time using a Chronosphere to save him. She meets Time (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock, who warns her of the imminent risk in meddling with the past.
Alice takes on the challenge and is reunited with her beloved childhood friends, the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), the White Queen (Anne Hathway), the Tweedles (Matt Lucas), Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and Absolem the Caterpillar. She embarks on a journey to save not only the Hatter but others as well, but in doing so encounters both friends and enemies intent on stopping her from turning the hands of time.
The film reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon — Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to new characters, Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father, and Time (Sacha Baron Cohen).
Action and adventure, science fiction and fantasy, this spectacular adventure is a treat to watch.