Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass (AiW #2)
Series: Alice in Wonderland #2
Released by Disney on 26 May 2016
Length: 1h 53m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sasha Baron Cohen, Alan Rickman, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Andrew Scott, Richard Armitage.
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
I have always loved the Alice in Wonderland movie made by Disney all those years ago. But I really wanted to know what Alice was like as a grown-up. So when Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland came along in 2010 I was super excited! Even more excited to hear there would be a sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Now I have to admit, I did read the first book, Alice in Wonderland, but didn’t really like it. I DNF-ed Through the Looking Glass because I just couldn’t get through it at all. But these movies were incredible and I personally believe all classics should be made into movies so I can watch them all and not read the books (yes, sorry I am not a fan of classic literature). This movie was nothing like Through the Looking Glass the book though, at least not the parts that I have read, so I can’t really say it’s a book-to-movie adaptation.
In this sequel to the 2010 movie, we find out the Hatter is in trouble. He is convinced his family is still alive, but we all know his family has died when the Jabberwocky attacked. Alice must travel back in time to find out what has really happened, but by doing so she must borrow Time’s Chronosphere. And naturally, that seems like an impossible task. But if you know Alice, you know she doesn’t believe in the impossible.
While I really enjoyed this movie, I personally loved Alice in Wonderland a bit more. We did find out several things about the characters from their past in this movie, and I did enjoy that very much. View Spoiler »We found out why Iracebeth’s head was so big, why it’s always tea time, we found out that Richard Armitage looks great as a king (I was so happy to see he had a role in this movie, ahhhhhhhh!) and much more « Hide Spoiler
I loved the character Time and all the time puns that were made in his presence. View Spoiler »I also enjoyed how he was made to be the villain of the story, but he ended up being a sort of friend to the ‘gang’. That’s the kind of villain I love. Then again I also love the kind of villain who stays evil until the end and doesn’t redeem himself, so yeah I guess I just really love villains who are villains. « Hide Spoiler
With time travel going on in this movie, sometimes it switched between two pov’s. This was really rather annoying when Alice was looking for Iracebeth and Mirana in the past, and Time was with the Hatter, the Hare and Mally during tea time. Other than that, I really loved the concept of time travel, because we got to see so much more from the Wonderland world than we did in Alice in Wonderland. We got to see actual people living there and not talking animals and flowers – that is what I really wanted to see most. But my favourite part was that this movie wasn’t about romance at all (neither was the previous one), it was about friendship and family and about how that was more important than anything, even a ship.
So yes, I really enjoyed Alice Through the Looking Glass and I am happy we got to have a sequel! Personally, I think the story had ended now, and we don’t need a third movie, but I wouldn’t mind if there was going to be a third movie! *wink*
My opinion in one gif:
(sorry I had to make a Time pun here)