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Monday, October 17, 2016

Blu-ray Review: "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

"Alice Through the Looking Glass” is a humorous and commendable attempt at a sequel to Tim Burton’s underrated “Alice in Wonderland”. At the same time, it feels a bit unnecessary and gets tedious at times. There were moments where it felt like the plot and story were being stretched thin to cover more running time. Sacha Baron Cohen does his best to channel Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau while Helena Bonham Carter provides some big-headed laughs.

In “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” our hero (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the whimsical world of Underland. She arrives to find she must travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and his family from the clutches of the Jabberwocky and an unknown enemy. The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) are hot on her trail to stop history from being changed or worse.

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” is rated PG for fantasy action / peril and some language. There are a few scenes that might be too frightening or intense for younger viewers. I don’t recall any real profanity, although characters use words like “idiot” and “bloody”.

Bonus material for the Blu-ray edition of "Alice Through the Looking Glass" include featurettes like "A Stitch in Time: Costuming Wonderland", "Behind the Music Video", "Behind the Looking Glass", "Time On...", "Alice Goes Through The Looking Glass: A Scene Peeler", "Alice Goes Through Time's Castle: A Scene Peeler", and "Characters of Underland". It also contains the "Just Like Fire" Music Video by P!nk and filmmaker audio commentary by Director James Bobin.

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” is available now in Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital editions.