Thoughts on Alice Through the Looking Glass

Even though I love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, I didn’t watch Alice in Wonderland on the big screen simply because I was busy with work. It was my first work after graduating and it was quite stressful. But I was really eager to watch the film even though I found Alice in Wonderland scary and it gave me unimaginable nightmares as a child.

Finally, it was aired on HBO and I grabbed the chance to watch it. As expected, I loved Tim Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland. The visuals were weirdly enchanting and it was better seen on the big screen.

Fast forward to 2016. Upon watching the trailer, I decided to watch Alice Through the Looking Glass in theatres.

When the day becomes the night and the sky becomes the see, then the clock strikes heavy and there’s no time for tea. And in our darkest hour, before my final rhyme, she will come back home to Wonderland and turn back the hands of time.

The Film

You’ve been gone too long, Alice. There are matters which might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected. Hurry.

Indeed, Alice Kingsleigh or simply Alice has been gone too long. Her mother Helen Kingsleigh and friends in Underland have been waiting for her return as there are matters in both the real and the other world she needs to attend to.

From the start of the film, you’ll notice the changes in Alice. She’s more confident, brave, and everything a heroine should be. But when she comes back to London, things became sour. Hamish Ascot, her ex-fiance has taken over her father’s company as well as her mother’s house. If she wants the bond to her mother’s house back, Alice only needs to sign over her father’s ship.

Sign over the Wonder and give up the impossible?

Upon hearing this, Alice storms out and sees Absolem who she follows through a glass. This transports her back to Underland where she meets all her friends – Cheshire Cat, White Queen, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Nivens McTwisp the White Rabbit, Bayard the Bloodhound, Mallymkun the Dormouse and Thackery Earwicket the March Hare and discuss the matter about the Mad Hatter.

The Review

The Tim Burton-produced Alice Through the Looking Glass is a good fantasy adventure film; however, it is not the type where all ages would enjoy. I know because people in theatres couldn’t keep their thoughts to themselves or their seatmates.

But I personally enjoyed it because it was a good film to watch if you want to take a break from reality. The visuals are intricate, brightly-coloured, and enchanting. Not to mention, the life lessons in this film isn’t bad at all.

You might not change the past, but you might learn something from it.

Everyone parts with everything eventually, my dear.

BUT I have to admit that Alice Through the Looking Glass is best suited for the family especially the younger ones. Also, after watching Alice in Wonderland a couple of times I honestly did not feel the need for a sequel. I just gave it a chance in case they presented something more interesting than the previous. Unfortunately, I didn’t see anything new and it was quite predictable.

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland may have been a box office hit and it is quite tempting to produce a follow-up; however, it’s not always a good idea. In this case, the first film already gave THE ENDING and that should be it.

Don’t let my thoughts get you down. If you haven’t seen Alice Through the Looking Glass, go watch it now. It’s the perfect film for the whole family especially for people who love fantasy and adventure.

Don’t be late!



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