Alice: Through the Looking Glass

Alice: Through the Looking Glass


Directed by James Bobin

Starring Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helen Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska

Production Budget: 170 Million

Total Lifetime Grosses 

World Wide: 77 Million

Release Date: May 25, 2016

Alice has returned to London from Adventures travelling the world as the Captain on her father’s ship, only to find her jilted ex fiance Hamish, has claimed ownership of the family home and the 10% of shares they had and the business.

She is given the Ultimatum to give up the Wonder, and become a clerk so that the family retains ownership of the home. She travels through a mirror to Wonderland again.

Absolem, the large blue moth, of the transformed caterpillar, is voiced by Alan Rickman. His voice is a reminder of the sweet presence of this great man, gone forever. A reminder also, of the unique immortality of art and film.

Alice’s given a seemingly impossible mission by the Mad Hatter. The tea party gives her an impossible solution. To travel back in time and save the Mad Hatter’s family from the Jabberwocky.

I did enjoy this film, but I felt like it was not clear what the audience was that it was made for. The core theme is family and time AND another of female empowerment over their patriarchal oppressors. Personified in the form of Hamish.

This made for a odd mishmash a moral messages, which somewhat muddled any clear Central theme unfortunately. But there is enough spectacle and inspired performance from Sacha Baron Cohen, Johnny Depp, Helen Bonham Carter and other talented cast members to keep driving this surreal adventure story.

The film looks beautiful and the animation was Flawless but for such a strange world the final film becomes predictably formulate. It hits it turning points on cue and delivers a fairly typical structure disguised in an outrageous exterior.

It kind of makes Wonderland more of a gimmick then surreal world that the writer originally envisioned. There is so much going on vet I think a younger audience might get confused to the story, and yet some Cartoon level performances might be lost on a mature audience.

Which comes back to my first point about who is the film is made for? What is the target audience?