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Alice Through the Looking Glass | A Magical Fantasy Movie Reivew

Reviewed by on May 26, 2016
Rating: 4 Star Rating

Alice Through the Looking Glass follows Alice who returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. Read film critic Claytons movie review on Kidzworld!

By Clayton Pickard, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Alice Through the Looking Glass Video Review



Disney's Alice Through The Looking Glass is a magical fantasy adventure film in the great Tim Burton tradition.  It is also a refreshing, feminist take on the classic Lewis Carroll story. This sequel to 2010’s blockbuster, Alice in Wonderland, again stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth (Queen of Hearts) and Anne Hathaway as Mirana​ (White Queen). New to the cast is Sasha Baron Cohen as “Time.”

White Queen, Hatter and Alice in shockWhite Queen, Hatter and Alice in shockCourtesy of Disney

In the real world of 18th century England, Alice Kingsleigh is a captain of an English merchant ship.  She is about to lose her commission when she re-enters Wonderland for the second time. She is given a warm welcome by all her old friends: the White Rabbit, TweedleDee and TweedleDum, the Cheshire Cat and Mirana. She learns that her best friend, The Mad Hatter, is depressed because he misses his parents and his siblings. She decides that the only way to help him is to find his family. They are presumed dead, but the Hatter doesn't believe so. She then goes in search of the chronosphere, a time travel device located at Time’s castle. What follows is an epic journey in search of “The Hatter’s” parents.

The Hatter tries to rescue his parentsThe Hatter tries to rescue his parentsCourtesy of Disney

Alice Through the Looking Glass is very creative and colorful. Tim Burton is one of the producers, so this is not surprising. The costumes and the makeup are top notch. The special effects are inventive, especially the sequence at Time’s castle. Time has an amazing castle, which is run by a group of creatures called “seconds,” which are made of nuts, bolts and gears. These “seconds” can combine to make even bigger creatures called “minutes.” These “minutes” can combine to make a enormous, transformer-like creature called “hours.”

White Queen with AliceWhite Queen with AliceCourtesy of Disney

There is a lot of smart wordplay based on the character Time. Think of all the puns having to do with time and they are all in the movie. Sasha Baron Cohen as Time steals the whole film. He is very funny, exciting and works well with this great ensemble cast. My favorite line of the film is when The Mad Hatter exclaims “dream or reality - who’s to say which is which.” This sums up the message of the movie and the magic in all Tim Burton movies.

Time contemplates a watchTime contemplates a watchCourtesy of Disney

Alice Through The Looking Glass is an enchanting adventure/fairy tale for the whole family. It is appropriate for ages 8 to 18. I rate this film 4.5 out of 5 stars. In theaters May 27th!

Film Critic Clayton P.Film Critic Clayton P.Courtesy of KIDS FIRST!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Movie Rating: 4

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