Sunday, 21 April 2019

Could time run out for Alice in sequel?

FANS of the timeless and much-loved world of Walt Disney demand that his characters are treated with respect

FANS of the timeless and much-loved world of Walt Disney demand that his characters are treated with respect.

Any remake of these family films that span generations are often viewed with a cautious and critical eye because of the place they hold in viewers’ hearts.

In 2010 even Tim Burton’s creative genius wasn’t enough to prevent him falling foul of the common pitfall of style over substance in Alice in Wonderland.

The world he created after Alice’s tumble into the rabbit hole was dominated by computer generated imagery and was criticised for its lack of direction and stumbling narrative. Whilst visually stunning then, even Burton’s partnership with the ever-eccentric Johnny Depp — in what you would think would be a dream role as the Mad Hatter — wasn’t enough for the film to rival the 1951 Disney favourite. But in this week’s Alice Through the Looking Glass Burton and Depp get a second chance to do Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories justice.

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and is joined by the Mad Hatter (Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and new characters including Time (Sacha Baron Cohen).

She must travel through a mysterious new world to retrieve a magical sceptre that can stop Time before he turns forward the clock and turns Wonderland into a barren, lifeless world.

The Edward Scissorhands director produces this time around, letting English director James Bobin take charge.

With a CV that includes the feature films The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted, and writing and directing credits that include Da Ali G Show and The 11 O’ Clock Show, who knows what the outcome will be.

Let’s hope though that an all-star cast will help his efforts and that the lessons of last time will taken on board, as this has the potential to be the first big blockbuster of the season.

The film is showing at Henley’s Regal Picturehouse from today (Friday).

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