Film Review by Reviewer
When Alice wakes up in Wonderland she must travel through a mysterious new world to retrieve a magical scepter that can stop the evil Lord of Time before he turns forward the clock and turns Wonderland into a barren, lifeless old world. With the help of some new friends, Alice must also uncover an evil plot to put the Queen of Hearts back on the throne.
When Tim Burton first took us to Wonderland, it was certainly one amazing adventurous thrill ride full to the brim of dazzling colours and fantastical characters. It was something rather amazing to experience and the return trip is no different. Well actually for sure there are differences and it is by no means a carbon copy of the first, yet it doesn’t detract or dilute the experience. Although this film is a direct sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010), he is not directing this film. James Bobin is the director, and Burton is a producer, yet Burton’s cinematic fingerprints are heavily all over it.
The usual suspects are back and while it lasts it is a blessing to hear the wonderful voice of Alan Rickman still in the fray. He is certainly going to be an actor extremely missed. In fact, this is Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter's seventh film together. In other central roles we find Tim Burton alumni Helena Bonham-Carter and Johnny Depp. This would have to be two of Burton’s most favourite actors to work with based on how many of his films they have appeared in and for the most part together.
However, it is Wasikowska who once again holds the whole thing together with another great performance as Alice. She isn’t flashy and with all of the bright and big characters around her, that is kind of exactly what is needed. I loved that this film starts in the real world where Alice is a ship Captain who is larger than life and loud and colourful and yet when she enters into Wonderland she fades to normal amidst the rest of her surroundings.
We also see a bunch of new actors joining the tale such as Sacha Baron Cohen as Time and Rhys Ifan as the Hatter’s Dad. Both do a wonderful job in their roles and certainly bring an extra dimension to the world of Wonderland. You can’t help but be impressed with a cast that has such amazing depth.
Bright and colourful and full of fun with the usual Burtonesque dark undertones to create contrast. A brilliant cinematic experience.
Releases: 26th May 2016
Duration: 112 minutes
Duration: 112 minutes
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry
Director: James Bobin (Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted)
This is the final film of Alan Rickman, who passed away 4 months before the Film's Release. He reprises his role as The Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland (2010), now a Butterfly.
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Sacha Baron Cohen and Timothy Spall have all starred alongside each other in one of Tim Burton's other films, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007).
Toby Jones, Helena Bonham Carter, Timothy Spall, Frances de la Tour, Rhys Ifans, and Alan Rickman were all part of the Harry Potter movies.
Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen all previously starred together in Les Misérables (2012).
This film marks Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's ninth collaboration together following Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), and Dark Shadows (2012). This is also their first collaboration wherein Tim doesn't direct, but produces.
Both Rhys Ifans and Stephen Fry portrayed Sherlock Holmes' brother Mycroft. Rhys in Elementary (2012) and Stephen in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).
This is the third movie featuring Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter, following Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and Les Misérables (2012). "Sweeney Todd" was directed by Tim Burton, who directed Alice in Wonderland (2010) and is producing this film.
Both Andrew Scott and Lindsay Duncan appeared in the BBC series Sherlock (2010), Andrew as Jim Moriarty and Lindsay as Lady Smallwood.
There are 3 people in this film who portray characters from the Sherlock Holmes novels. Andrew Scott plays Jim Moriarty in the BBC series Sherlock (2010), Rhys Ifans plays Mycroft Holmes in Elementary (2012), Stephen Fry also played Mycroft in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).