Is Alice Through The Looking Glass A Stop On Johnny Depp’s Farewell Tour?
Alice Through the Looking Glass could be Johnny Depp’s final film. To be clear, that’s not any sort of late-breaking announcement from the actor or anyone representing him. It’s more of a gentle suggestion. Like, ‘Hey, Johnny. You’ve had a great run. You’ve played a Native American, a moustache, and Keith Richards. Five times. You can only coast on the fumes of your Edward Scissorhands charm for so long. Let’s pack it in, shall we?’
If ever there was a movie that backed up this suggestion, it’s the 2015 adaptation of Martin Amis’ London Fields. But since you’ll never see that movie, we’ll settle for Alice Through the Looking Glass, in which Mia Wasikowska seems to be the only one who’s aware this cinematic venture deserves a more nuanced performance than can be found on a makeshift stage in a high school gymnasium. Depp, along with Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter, seem to have missed that memo. Which is more than we can say for Wonderland director Tim Burton, left the filmmaking to James Bobin (the great Flight of the Conchords and good Muppets Most Wanted).
Bobin’s Through the Looking Glass bears a passing resemblance to Lewis Carroll’s novel of the same title. After spending the last few years (say, between 2010 and now) sailing across the globe, Alice is back in London wearing a new wardrobe and craving a new adventure. Like, for example, a stay in a Victorian-era mental hospital.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the looking glass, her pal the Hatter has misplaced his “Muchness”—a side-effect of his family being eaten and/or burned to death by the Jabberwock. So Alice attempts to borrow a Chronosphere in an effort to undo the event—which isn’t as singular or simple as it seems. According to Alice (and her late father), the only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it’s possible.
If Alice has a saving grace, it’s Sacha Baron Cohen. The comedian plays Time in the movie, a half-man, half-clock hybrid at the centre of script’s best jokes and puns. As the keeper of the Chronosphere, Time guards the past from interference by the likes of Alice and her Underland friends. Or tries to anyway.
Alice Through the Looking Glass also features the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. It’s in theatres in 3D on May 27. Go see it if you’re some sort of Depp completest.
You can watch the trailer right here: