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We Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass “Superb. Highly Recommended.” -MR

Alice Through the Looking Glass (film)

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Alice Through the Looking Glass
Official poster

Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Bobin
Produced by
Written by Linda Woolverton
Based on Characters by
byLewis Carroll
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh
Edited by Andrew Weisblum
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • May 10, 2016 (London)
  • May 27, 2016(United States)
Running time
113 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $170 million[2]
Box office $181.9 million[1]

Alice Through the Looking Glass is a 2016 American fantasyadventure film directed by James Bobin, written by Linda Woolverton and produced by Tim Burton. It is loosely based on Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and is the sequel to the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland. The film stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, and features the voices of Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall and Alan Rickman, in his final film role.

The film tells the story about Alice coming across a magical looking glass that takes her back to Underland and finds that the Mad Hatter is acting madder than usual and wants to discover the truth about his family. Alice then travels through time and comes across friends and enemies at different point of their lives and embarks on a race to save the Hatter before time runs out.

Alice Through the Looking Glass was released by Walt Disney Pictures on May 27, 2016. It received negative reviews from critics and has grossed over $181 million against a $170 million budget.[1][3]


Alice Kingsleigh has spent the past three years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return toLondon from China, she finds out that her ex-fiancé, Hamish Ascot, has taken over his father’s company and plans to have Alice sell him over her father’s ship in exchange for her family home. Alice follows a butterfly she recognizes as Absolem and returns toUnderland through a mirror.

Alice is greeted by the White Queen, the White Rabbit, the Tweedles, the Dormouse, the March Hare, Bayard, and the Cheshire Cat. They inform her that the Mad Hatter, Tarrant Hightopp is acting madder than usual in wake that he believes that his family is still alive. Alice tries to console him, but the Mad Hatter remains sure of his family’s survival of the Attack of the Jabberwocky day.

Believing finding the Hatter’s family is the only way to stop his deteriorating health, the White Queen decides for Alice to consult Time himself, and convince him to save the Hatter’s family in the past (something that no Underland resident can do as it is said that history will be destroyed if someone sees their past/future self, while Alice has no past self in Underland for her to accidentally meet). Upon visiting Time’s palace, Alice finds the Chronosphere, an object that powers all time in Underland.

After being told by Time that altering the past cannot be done, Alice steals the Chronosphere and travels back in time, shortly after finding the exiled Red Queen, Iracebeth of Crims, is in the care of Time. The Red Queen urges Time to go after Alice. Alice accidentally flies to the day of Iracebeth’s coronation, where a younger Tarrant begins a mockery of the Red Queen when the royal crown doesn’t fit on her abnormal head. This causes Iracebeth to melt down, and her father deems her inappropriate to rule, and passes the title of queen to her younger sister Mirana, the White Queen.

Alice later learns of an event in Iracebeth and Mirana’s past that caused friction between the two, and she travels back in time again, hoping it will change Iracebeth’s ways and cease the Jabberwocky from killing the Hatter’s family.

Our Thoughts:

As with all the new remakes that are about these days, I find myself in awe of the special effects. Still, every now and then I find a book that cannot be recreated on film. I thought this would be one of them, but I was wrong. This story is old, so judging the plot is redundant. This was well worth the price of a premium ticket. The acting and creatures were in one word: Superb. Highly Recommended for the whole family. -MR