Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) – Another Tim Burton Classic With a Surprising Cameo
When I saw the 2010 adaption of Alice in Wonderland, I walked away having thoroughly
enjoyed its playful imagination. While Alice in Wonderland is
one of the most famous fables in children’s literature, Lewis Carroll’s books
weren’t a part of my childhood. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the
popular animated film with the Disney brand. But considering the live-action
remake blended the Victorian era and steampunk culture, the combination was too
great to resist. This is why a sequel reuniting our favorite and spunky titular
heroine with her Wonderland friends was pure delight.
Wasikowska) discovered Wonderland, and in the process, she recaptured her
“muchness.” In that time, she returned to England where she assumed the command
of her father’s ship as its Captain. Now, Captain Alice Kingsleigh returns to
London after spending those four years at sea. Much has changed in her absence.
business deal involving her mother (Lindsay Duncan) has raised. Then, shortly
thereafter, she is summoned back to Wonderland on urgent business. Once she
returns, Alice finds her dear friend, Hatter (Johnny Depp) has fallen into a
dark depression, and soon after, the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) again
threatens Wonderland’s existence.
chair, this one displays the unique trademarks as only his work can. His
cinematic imagination is incredible. Even if I were to watch this ten times
over, I don’t think I’d pick up on all of the nuances and touches that truly
make Burton’s Wonderland spring to life. The details of this world are
jaw-dropping, and the creative way it awakens is brilliance. Another incentive
to watch this film is the talented primary cast returning to their roles.
gave more to the role of Alice in this sequel than she did in the original
film. Whether it’s because she “settled” into the role or the script gave her
more to work with, I don’t know. She and Depp have a unique and captivating
chemistry that keeps us glued to the screen. In addition to Mia, Johnny and
Helena, Anne Hathaway (Mirana, the White Queen) and Alan Rickman (Absolem)
return. Plus, we meet newcomers Time (Sasha Baron Cohen) and James Harcourt
played by Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey).
characters, we also see Hattie Morahan (Sense & Sensibility),
Andrew Scott (Sherlock) in a brief role. Not to mention, Richard
Armitage. Needless to say, no matter the shamefully short screen time he has, I
was a squealing fangirl when I realized the person underneath the crown was
none other than Mr. Thornton. Call me biased, but obviously, I thought he
deserved a greater role.
this: ‘Through the Looking Glass’ is an impressive masterpiece. The script
captures the delight Alice experiences when returning to Wonderland. The
message wrapped inside this is a precious one. Alice’s journey is all about
“time.” Revisiting the past, and discovering the present. Time (both as an
entity and the character) has a chasm of wisdom to impart, and though she’s
blind to it early on, Alice comes to learn the value of it. It’s a gift, it cannot be altered or bought. Time is the
one thing we should cherish because without it, life is joyless.
course, the settings, a spark of creative genius. What’s more, the costuming is
gorgeous. Alice, in particular, wears some neat ensembles. Her clothing is a
unique blend of steampunk and Victorian that not only suits her as a
character but the period as well. It’s a rare talent that can combine both
an attractive look that also fits the story. This one surpasses expectations.
It’s been a while since I saw Alice in Wonderland,
so I cannot say for sure, but my memory suggests I liked this sequel every bit
as much as it if not more than its prequel. The film recaptures a special magic
infrequent in films today. As if that weren’t enough, it also reminds us
of the importance of family. The heroine is feisty and fierce with an
independent streak probably not entirely realistic to this time period yet we
don’t care. We’re having too much fun getting lost in one of her adventures for
it to really matter.
this PG film contains nothing offensive.