Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Timothy Spall, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman
OUR RATING: ★½
Story: Sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland but this time Burton is in the producers chair and this movie is directed by James Bobin.
The story follows Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) who has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and is called upon to return to the fantastical realm of Wonderland/Underland to her friends the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Absolem (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), who is not himself.
The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Anne Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time and there she encounters the evil Time (Sacha Baron Cohen).
Returning to the past, she comes across friends and enemies at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.
Verdict: An unnecessary sequel, the visual effects and production design are great however the story lacks any really emotion and suffers from pacing issues, there’s just nothing here that can fully engage you. Children might enjoy this but for adults it’s a real miss.REVIEWS
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 34)
[waking up in a hospital bed]
Alice Kingsleigh: Where am I?
Addison Bennett: Let me see, excitable, prone to fantasy, textbook case of female hysteria. Untreatable, some say. I beg to differ. We’ll have her fixed in no time.
[as Alice starts to run away and break out of the hospital]
Addison Bennett: Stop her!
Blue Caterpillar: You’ve been gone too long, Alice. There are matters which might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected. Hurry. And do mind your step.
Blue Caterpillar: [to Alice] Friends cannot be neglected. Hurry.
Alice Kingsleigh: What has happened?
Blue Caterpillar: All will be gone before long.
White Queen: When is she coming?
March Hare: Soon.
Mad Hatter: I’ve always wondered when soon is.
[just then Alice drops down from the sky]
Alice Kingsleigh: Have I come at a bad time.
[after Alice falls from the sky]
White Rabbit: Alice! Thank goodness you’re finally here!
March Hare: It’s that girl again!
Tweedledee: Alice! You’re back!
Mallymkun: [to the Bandersnatch] Don’t be nice to her. She’s late.
Alice Kingsleigh: Have I come at a bad time?
White Queen: On the contrary. We were afraid you weren’t coming at all.
Alice Kingsleigh: What’s the matter?
White Rabbit: The Hatter’s the matter.
Tweedledee: Or the matter of the Hatter.
Tweedledum: The former.
Tweedledee: No, the latter.
[rolls her eyes]
White Queen: Tweedles.
[in unison with Tweedledum]
Tweedledee: He’s mad.
Alice Kingsleigh: The Hatter?
[the Tweedles nod]
Alice Kingsleigh: Yes, I know. That’s his muchness. That’s what makes him so…him.
Tweedledee: But he’s grown darker. Less dafter.
Tweedledum: Denies himself laughter.
[appears in the tree above them]
Cheshire Cat: And no scheme of ours can raise any sort of smile. We rather hoped you might help us save him.
Mad Hatter: When the day becomes the night and the sky becomes the see, then the clock strikes heavy and there’s no time for tea. And in our darkest hour, before my final rhyme, she will come back home to Wonderland and turns back the hands of time.
Mad Hatter: [to Time] Is it true that you heal all wounds?
March Hare: Time is on my side!
Mad Hatter: Why is it that you wait for no man?
[covers one eye]
Mallymkun: I just can’t find the time!
[Cheshire appears behind Time]
Mallymkun: Cheshire! Where have you been? You’re late.
[lands on Time’s shoulders]
Cheshire Cat: Actually, I’m right on time.
[Cheshire disappears and the others all laugh; Hatter grabs Time’s hand]
Mad Hatter: I have time on my hand!
Time: You silly nitwits really think that I’ve not heard these cheap jabs before? Your attempts at mockery fall flat.
[Hatter plays with Time’s shoulder pads]
Mad Hatter: Look! Time is flying!
Time: Enough! No more wasting me!
Mad Hatter: [nervously] I’m having the time of my life?
Time: I see a young lady, her hair…
March Hare: Yes?
Time: Yellowish. Her name Alice.
Time: Now tell me, when does Alice arrive?
Time: Tick-tock. Your time is up.
Time: Underland, your time is up.
Time: You should not have come back.
Time: Everyone parts with everything eventually, my dear.
Alice Kingsleigh: Hat is my truest friend, if he’s in need I will help him.
White Queen: It will be a race against time. He is not someone you want as your enemy.
Alice Kingsleigh: Time is a he?
Alice Kingsleigh: [to Time] Please, sir. The Hatter is in danger.
Time: Young lady, your time is up.
Mad Hatter: This cannot be good.
Mad Hatter: He stuck us all at one literal tea time.
March Hare: Tea time forever!
White Queen: [to Alice] Hatter’s counting on you.
Cheshire Cat: We all are.
Alice Kingsleigh: Wait!
Red Queen: Oh, Alice, you always were an irksome slurvish, interrupting things!
Red Queen: I shall have the heads of all your friends.
Alice Kingsleigh: That sounds very dangerous.
Alice Kingsleigh: Hold on, everyone.
Mad Hatter: I don’t want to hold on!
[Alice accidently knocks into Humpty Dumpty]
Humpty Dumpty: Oh, no, not again.
[he starts rolling backwards]
Humpty Dumpty: Oh! Oh! Aaaah!
[he falls of the edge of the shelf, crashes down on the ground and breaks]
Alice Kingsleigh: Sorry!
[after Humpty Dumpty falls and breaks]
Humpty Dumpty: How do I look? I can take it.
Alice Kingsleigh: Every second counts.
Time: You cannot escape time.
Red Queen: Revenge is mine.
Red Queen: Split up.
Tweedledee and Tweedledum: We’ll split up together.
Alice Kingsleigh: I will help my friends, no matter what.
White Queen: [to Alice] My sister is not someone you want as your enemy.
Helen Kingsleigh: Must you always be so headstrong?
Alice Kingsleigh: No, it’s just more fun that way.
[Alice finds a young Hatter at the marketplace]
Alice Kingsleigh: Hatter? Hatter? It’s you!
[she hugs a surprised Hatter]
Alice Kingsleigh: You’re you again!
Mad Hatter: Well, if I’m not, I wish I was. Have we meet?
Alice Kingsleigh: Yes! Well, no. I mean, not yet.
Mad Hatter: That’s funny. Actually, I should know you.
Alice Kingsleigh: Well, we have met once when I was younger.
Mad Hatter: Well, I’m afraid I don’t recall.
Alice Kingsleigh: That’s because it hasn’t happened yet.
Mad Hatter: Oh. When will it happen?
Alice Kingsleigh: Years from now, when you’re older.
Mad Hatter: [confused] I’ll meet you when you’re younger and I’m older.
Alice Kingsleigh: I realize it doesn’t make much sense.
Mad Hatter: Makes perfect sense to me. I’m Tarrant.
Alice Kingsleigh: I know. I’m Alice.
Mad Hatter: Alice? You seem to have time all mixed up.
Total Quotes: 34