Alice Through the Looking Glass started off very Pirates of the Caribbean-like. Alice is the captain of her father’s ship, The Wonder, and is trying to out run a pirate ship brigade. After returning to London (from China, if you remember from the first movie), Haymitch (the man she turned down for his hand in marriage) has a vendetta against her and is trying to force her to sign over her father’s ship to him. He has already taken their home and is planning to force Alice to work in the office (ya know, where I lady should be working… rude). Well, of course Alice is having none of that nonsense and storms off. Shortly after this, the blue caterpillar (who is now a butterfly) leads Alice to the looking glass where she steps through and begins a new journey within Underland.
This movie is about time. Alice must travel back in time to save the Hatter, who is dying because he has realized his family didn’t die by hand of the red queen’s Jabberwocky so many years ago. One thing I don’t understand… who can he die because of this? Well, through Alice’s journey through time we learn of the Hatter’s, the red queen’s, and the white queen’s past. How the red queen became evil due to a lie that the white queen told, and even how the red queen’s head is huge. From the first movie, I just thought that this was something that was part of the movie and due to the director/writer’s choice. I like how they made this into an actual story. I enjoyed this movie for the most part. The way they portrayed Time’s castle was interesting to me, and I also liked how they portrayed the past as a “sea” where Alice must use her sea experience to navigate.
Obviously, Alice Through the Looking Glass is not as good as the first one, but still enjoyable throughout. The ending scene almost took me off guard, but then it ended how you would expect it to. I’m going to give it a liked it. If you liked the first one, you will probably like this one too – just not as much.
For thoughts on the first installment, click here.
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