Yes, the above title is full of sass but I stand by the statement. Out of all the characters in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sequel/reboot/remake Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter was, by far, the most out of place – a strong statement considering he’s in a movie SET IN WONDERLAND. This is not to say I don’t love his body of work or him as a performer in general (loved his turn as Whitey Bulger in Blackmass); it’s the Wonderland movie where I feel like he missed the mark.
So here’s the second TV spot for the sequel to Wonderland – Alice Through the Looking Glass and yes, Johnny Depp is in it and looks to be doing the same thing.
The original movie was helmed by Tim Burton but this time, he delegates himself into a producer role, tapping The Muppets director James Bobin for the gig. The story is based on the Lewis Carroll classic where Alice returns to Underland and travels forwards and backwards in time. Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter all return with Sacha Baron Cohen and Rhys Ifans joining in the fun this time around.
Okay, I wasn’t too fond of the first movie or Depp’s performance but the original movie made, insanely enough, over 1 billion at the world wide box office. A sequel was a forgone conclusion. And I really like Bobin as a filmmaker and appreciated his takes on The Muppets, so we’ll hopefully get something a bit different this time around. Because, don’t get me wrong, it’s looks stunning and the cast is top notch. There really can be a good movie in there… And as you may have picked up in the trailer – that is the late, great Alan Rickman voicing the Blue Caterpillar, narrating the trailer. So there’s that – and because of it I’ll remain open to the possibility of some fun had in the theatre, if not for listening to the great Rickman one more time.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) 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 returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit (Sheen), Absolem (Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Depp), who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. 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. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.
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