In 2010 Walt Disney Pictures took moviegoers down the rabbit hole. Though the story of Alice in Wonderland has been a staple film in the Disney Vault, the studio decided to bring a new tale to silver screen; and this reimagining of the Lewis Carroll story was directed by none other than Tim Burton. This combination seemed like a match made in heaven, but the film's success was mixed. While opinions varies, the consensus between most moviegoers was not high for this reimagining. However the movie found commercial success in the box office to the point where the studio was comfortable in creating another adventure for Alice. The latest film, Alice Through the Looking Glass, is much like its predecessor as it named after the famous Carroll Novel-but is loosely based on the actual story. With its time traveling theme and creative visuals could Through the Looking Glass be a trip worthy of its name, or is this adventure too mad to succeed?
Continuing from the first film, Through the Looking Glass continues the story of Alice (Mia Wasikowska) who has become an explorer after her last trip to “Underland”. After getting bad news in her life, Alice is lured by the caterpillar Ansem (Alan Rickman) to return to Wonderland in order to help her friend: The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp); whom has fallen ill after recalling an old memory. In order to save her friend, Alice must travel through time in order to discover the mystery behind the Hatter's missing family, however the young heroine is chased by Time (Sasha Baron Cohen) after Alice takes an item known as the chronosphere: an item that has the power to travel and destroy the fabric of time.
Alice Through the Looking Glass is not the adventure of a lifetime. When compared to its predecessor, this sequel falls short due to its lack in presentation. However this blockbuster is still an enjoyable adventure. While it may not do much to truly stand out, the film does has its own sense of charm and made for a fun time at the movies. While It may not have been the greatest trip to Wonderland, Alice Through Looking Glass still managed to be a harmless and enjoyable time at the movies.