Alice Through The Looking Glass continues the story of Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska), who has just returned home after spending three years sailing around the world. But, before she knows it, she winds up back in Wonderland (or Underland? It's all very confusing), where she discovers that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), who she considers to be her "truest friend" is very ill, dying because of the memories he has of his deceased family. She asks Alice to bring them back to him, and the only way she can do that is to approach Time (Sasha Baron Cohen), although, Time just so happens to be in correlation with the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).
I always gave Woolverton credit for writing The Lion King, despite all of her other films being terrible, but today I discovered it was rewritten by 2 other writers, based on a story that was conceived by 24 different people, so yeah, all credibility Woolverton previously had is now completely lost. Whatever it is that made The Lion King so brilliant, I'm starting to think it has very little to do with whatever it is she wrote for it. Between this, Maleficent and the first Alice in Wonderland, I'm really not sure if I'm prepared for another Linda Woolverton movie in my life.
On top of that, the film, much like its predecessor, has an immensely talented cast, yet they're all put to waste. Mia Wasikowska, obviously, leads us on this adventure, and as her character is time travelling for a lot of the movie, nobody else is really given much screen time, including the top billed actor, Johnny Depp. The characters are needlessly thrown into a few of the scenarios, but for nothing more than a brief and unnecessary appearance, although the saddest waste of talent is of Alan Rickman, who devastatingly passed away earlier in the year. I was really looking forward to hearing his voice on screen for one final time, yet he has, and I'm not joking here, literally three lines in the entire film, two of which were in the trailer. It was vastly disappointing.
To sum up, Alice Through The Looking Glass was never going to be good, but it really shouldn't have been this bad, either. The writing is terrible and the effects are even worse, and it doesn't help when none of the actors seemingly don't want to be there, resulting in stale and underused performances.