Monday, July 18, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass

After "Finding Dory", the drive-in theater showed "Alice Through the Looking Glass". My thoughts on it are the same as my thoughts on "Finding Dory": I liked it better than the original movie, which I didn't like so much.

This movie is sort of a genre shift, into an action film. My wife and I like dumb action films way more than you'd expect, from people like us. For example, we both liked "Terminator Genisys". Everyone else hated the movie, but we liked it! We're sad it won't get a sequel. Both "Alice" and "Terminator" have crazy CGI everywhere, which is cool to look at.

So the story is that Alice keeps travelling through time, in order to save the Mad Hatter's family. She is being relentlessly pursued by Time, a quasi-villain who wants to stop her before the entire universe turns into rust. Alice tries and fails to save the family a few times, before she realizes that you can't change the past. You can only learn from it.

The best part of the movie was the tea party, where the Mad Hatter and other characters had a philosophical conversation with Time. He asked Time to define when "soon" is. I thought that was an interesting question. Then they transitioned into make a lot of time puns. So that scene amused me on multiple levels.

The acting is good, as you'd expect, because there are so many famous actors in the film. Alan Rickman, who plays the caterpillar, died before the movie's release, and I'm wondering if they changed the movie because of his death. The caterpillar makes a brief appearance towards the start of the movie, when Alice first enters Wonderland. Then he completely disappears for the rest of the film, and no one mentions him at all. Perhaps they originally intended to do more with that character.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You don't have much taste, do you?