I recently saw an advance screening of Alice Through The Looking Glass at #DISNEYSMMC. Review is my opinion of the film.
A Peek Behind the Looking Glass (no spoilers)
1. Alice Through the Looking Glass is one of those rare sequels that trumps its prequel, Alice In Wonderland (2010).
I did not grow up with the original Alice, neither the Carroll stories nor the cartoon released in 1951. That could be why I was a bit blasé about the first movie. Alice Through the Looking Glass, however, is a must watch and enjoyable from beginning to end, especially in 3D.
2. Alice demonstrates strong feminism in her dealings with traditional roles with style and grace.
In the sequel, Alice returns to Underland – Director Tim Burton’s version of Wonderland – to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Disney has done an extraordinary job transforming its princesses into female super heroes. The same is true for this film and it makes no apologies for doing so. Alice demonstrates her feminist panache and you can’t help but to root for her throughout the film.
3. Time is a gift, and so is Sacha Baron Cohen in this movie.
A few new characters are introduced including Time himself, played by Sacha Baron Cohen. Cohen is remarkable in this role and does not overact, as could have easily been the case. There are important takeaways when thinking of time in life.
4. We learn The Red Queen’s backstory as to why she’s so eager to be off with everyone’s head – and it kind of makes sense.
We learn the background of Alice’s antagonist, the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter). Do we know what made other villains in Disney films bad? Evil step-mother in Cinderella? Maleficent in Snow White? The evil queen in Sleeping Beauty? Learning what made the Red Queen vicious reveals a humanity uncommon in fantasy films, and you can *almost* understand why she’s so callous.
5. “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it’s possible.” -Alice Kingsleigh
Alice is able to do the impossible through a story of loyalty, especially when it comes to family ties. A lot of this film feels impossible because the effects are spectacular (see my comment above about watching in 3D).
Alice Through the Looking Glass: Behind the Scenes
Beyond the story and actors, the film itself is visually stunning. Burton creates a digital masterpiece where reality and fantasy are blurred – not only in the story but in the movie’s visuals, as well. Most of the movie – all of it? – was filmed in front of a blue screen. Alice, played by Mia Wasikowska, is filmed traversing the real world and Underland. When in Underland, Wasikowksa is looking at random dots that only get populated after the shoot. Can you imagine acting without any props or other actors around you? I have a profound respect for her as she brings Alice to life in settings that were completely lifeless behind the scenes.
What does P!nk Have to do with Alice Through The Looking Glass?
P!nk wrote an original song for the movie and did a version of White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane’s classic. It would be a disservice to not share the music here from one of the official trailers. Enjoy – it’s quite catchy!