Alice Through the Looking Glass online movie review - Alice Through the Looking Glass
It was only when I saw a trailer for this Disney sequel that I did my research and found out Lewis Carroll did actually write a follow- up book to Alice's Adventures in Wonder
land, I was certainly interested to see it, produced by Tim Burton, directed by James Bobin (co-creator of Ali G, The Muppets). Basically Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas as a merchant ship captain, she returns from China to London, and learns her former fiancé Hamish Ascot (Leo Bill) has taken over her father's company, he plans to have Alice sell her father's ship, the Wonder, in exchange for her family home. Alice runs away angry, she recognises a blue butterfly as her former caterpillar friend Absolem (Alan Rickman, in his last film), she follows him through a mirror (the looking glass) and returns to Underland. Alice is greeted by Mirana the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), McTwisp the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Mallymkun the Dormouse (Dame Barbara Windsor), Bayard the Bloodhound (Timothy Spall) and the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry). They inform Alice that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is depressed, he has recalled his family during the attack of the Jabberwocky, this shortly occurred after the Hatter's father Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans) seemed to reject his son's gift of his first hat creation, the Hatter, real name Tarrant Hightopp, found this creation recently and has been in poor health since. It is unsure if the Hatter's family survived, the White Queen believes finding them is the only way to restore his health, she persuades Alice to consult the powerful being Time (Sacha Baron Cohen), who rules over time in Underland, to travel back in time, something no resident of Underland can do without destroying history, if they see their past/future self, Alice has no past self. Alice visits Time's palace, finding the Chronosphere, an object that powers all time in Underland and travels through the Oceans of Time, Time tells her that the past cannot be altered, she also finds the exiled Red Queen, Iracebeth of Crims (Helena Bonham Carter), in the care of Time. Alice steals the Chronosphere and travels back in time, the Red Queen urges Time to go after Alice, she wants to use the Chronosphere herself to get even with her sister Mirana. Alice accidentally travels to the day of the Red Queen's coronation, where the younger Hatter mocks the Red Queen not fitting the royal crown because of her abnormally large head, this causes her to have a melt down, her father deems her emotionally unqualified to rule and passes the title to her younger sister Mirana. Alice later learns of an event in Iracebeth's and Mirana's past that caused their friction, Alice travels again attempting to change Iracabath's ways and stop the Jabberwocky killing the Hatter's family, she learns the Hatter's father in fact did treasure Tarrant's first hat creation. Alice meets the White Queen and the Red Queen as sisters and witnesses the event, Mirana steals a jam tart from her mother and eats it, when confronted by their mother, Mirana lies that Iracabeth is responsible, Iracabeth runs from the castle upset, Alice trying to change history causes Iracabeth to trip and hit her head on a stone wall, causing her deformity. A weakened Time confronts Alice, he scolds her for putting all of time in danger, running into a nearby mirror Alice reenters the real world, waking in a mental hospital, diagnosed with female hysteria, a doctor tries to inject her, but with the help of her mother Helen (Lindsay Duncan) she escapes, and returns to Underland via the mirror. Alice travels to the day of the Jabberwocky attack, she discovers the Hatter's family were not killed, they were captured by the Red Queen, but she is too late returning to the present, the Hatter is on the brink of death, she tearfully tells the Hatter that she believes him, this transforms him back to his normal self. The Underlandians go to the Red Queen's castle, the Hatter's family have been shrunk and are trapped in an ant farm. The Red Queen captures them and takes the Chronosphere, taking the White Queen with her, back to the day where she lied about eating the tart, by the time Alice and the Hatter get there, the Red Queen and young Iracabeth have seen each other, Time becomes irrelevant and Underland begins to freeze, Alice and the Hatter race back to the present, at the last second Alice is able to place the Chronosphere back in its original place. The Chronosphere stabilises and Underland is restored, the Hatter reunites with his family, the White Queen and the Red Queen make amends, and Alice says goodbye to her friends and returns to the real world, there Alice allows her mother to sign over her father's ship, but Hamish does not get the family home, in the end Alice and her mother from their own shipping company and set out together to travel the world. Also starring Paul Whitehouse as Thackery the March Hare, Andrew Scott as Dr. Addison Bennett, Downton Abbey's Ed Speleers as James Harcourt, Geraldine James as Lady Ascot, Richard Armitage as King Oleron, Hattie Morahan as Queen Elsemere, Siobhan Redmond as Bumalig Hightopp, Wally Wingert as Humpty Dumpty, Meera Syal as Nobody, Frances de la Tour as Aunt Imogene, Toby Jones as Wilkins and Andrew Sachs as Mantel Clock. Depp remains colourful and bonkers, Carter with her big head is still a fiery villain, Cohen in intriguing as the personified Time, and the supporting cast of familiar weird and wonderful creatures are good, the first film was perhaps uneven but good fun, this sequel has a much more determined plot, it doesn't have anything to do with events in the book and it goes off a little in places, but the special effects are brilliant and the story is good, an enjoyable fantasy adventure. Worth watching!