Alice Through the Looking Glass

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In 2010 Tim Burton directed the film, Alice in Wonderland, but the sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass is directed by James Bobin with Tim Burton producing. This story begins several years after Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) originally visited Wonderland. Alice has just returned from China in her family’s ship when she is led back to Wonderland through the looking glass by the blue butterfly Adsolem (voice of Alan Rickman). She visits her friend Hatter Tarrant Hightopp (Johnny Depp) and discovers he is mentally and physically sick from not being able to see his family. (Yes, he is madder than ever.) The White Queen Mirona (Anne Hathaway) tells Alice she could help Hatter by borrowing the Chromosphere from the Lord of Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) and going back in time to learn from the past. Of course, when Alice travels to the past, she is shocked to find such a strange and different world. In the meantime, there is a plot to put the Red Queen Irachebth (Helena Bonham Carter) – who is also trying to steal the Chromosphere for her own evil purposes – back on the throne. Okay, I realize I haven’t explained much about the plot for this film, but I’m not exactly sure what happened. Yes, I’m blind which explains some of my confusion, but a coherent script would have helped. To be honest, the entire story could be told in less than a half hour. On a more positive note, the acting was convincing which is expected with such accomplished actors and my friend Karen said the special effects were top notch. I had to laugh because Karen is an Alice fan and not really into Transformers but when Alice goes back in time, there are Transformers. (No Optimous Prime or Bumble Bee) The message behind this film is to teach kids about being devoted to their friends. When listening to Alice talk I thought she sounded a little old so I did some checking and found that Mia Wasikowska is twenty-six years old. Wasn’t she ten years old in the book? I think most Alice in Wonderland fans will enjoy this film, but I didn’t and I’m wondering how many others feel the same. I’ll take the middle ground on this one and give it a generous C rating.

This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA