I had the privilege of seeing an advanced screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass earlier this week and was pleasantly surprised! In all honesty, I was expecting not to like the movie considering the odd and eccentric characters and the bizarre storyline… but I really liked it!
In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out.
Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with thevoices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
This film was surprisingly fun! The storyline held our attention and the message of the movie was great – you can’t change the past, but you can forgive others to allow for a better present and future. We viewed the movie in 3D. The graphics, special effects and overall picture were great… but viewing the movie in 3D isn’t necessary. You’ll be just as pleased to view it on a flat screen.
There are some slight “dark” scenes – fire, bad weather and character anger. But I was so impressed that “bad language” does not exist within this movie! (Thank you, Disney!) The oddity of the characters’ appearance may frighten younger children. I’d recommend this film for children ages 8 and older.
After the Credits?
There isn’t an extra scene after the credits, but there IS a funny little audio clip of the White Rabbit. Besides, staying through the credits shows respect to all those who worked on the movie. Try it. 😉
Disclaimer: We were invited to view a complimentary, advanced screening “Alice Through the Looking Glass” in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are our own.