The latest film from Tim Burton is pretty to look at, but otherwise dull.
The story is set three years after the the first film. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) has come from her travels in China to find that all is not well at home. She once again gets distracted by a cute talking animal and wanders off into Wonderland. There she discovers that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is madder than usual and seems to be dying. The White Queen (Anne Hathaway) tells Alice that in order to save the Hatter, she must steal a chronometer from Time Himself (Sasha Baron Cohen), and travel to the past to change events.
The story is so underwhelming that I found myself beginning to nod off. Rather than build up, it trudges along, occasionally bumping against something humorous, but quickly falling into a rabbit hole of boredom where nothing remotely wondrous occurs.
The main attraction for me was the personification of Time. Rather than being the villain as the trailer suggested he would be, he is a kind clockwork robot, who is more of a victim than Hatter is. After Alice steals time from him, he chases after her, trying to fix things before the whole world falls apart. He is also quite mad (as everyone in Wonderland must be), rude to his underlings, but also funny. My favourite scene would have to be the tea party that he attends with the Mad Hatter and his friends. Who knew there were so many puns about time?
However, what this and all films and television shows that involve time travel have in common, is the massive amount of plot holes and unanswered questions that do not make any sense. There are so many that I soon got tired of counting and expecting it to be fixed.
I didn’t have high hopes for the film, but I at least expected it to be entertaining enough to keep my attention for a while. Unfortunately, in this, it failed. I hope that Tim Burton’s next film is much better.
I give it a 2 out of 5.
Watch if you enjoyed Alice in Wonderland, Oz the Great and Powerful or Cinderella.