It was obvious something was up with the release of the first teasers of this splashy tale. Yes, Linda Woolverton’s screenplay has nothing to do with Lewis Carroll’s 1871 “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There” — except about half of the characters. That is not to say it is not a good story, but the story takes a back seat to the great costumes and set design, backed up with spectacular animated special effects.
This story has Alice, an accomplished ship’s captain, piloting a time machine to rescue the family of the Hatter (Johnny Depp). Unfortunately, this destroys the original concept, that of a child’s beautiful, untamed imagination run wild. (CONTINUED)