So today is a post which is something different from the normal stuff I put up here on LifeOfLauren (although I say that every week..) HOWEVER it’s something I’ve been waiting to do for a long time.
**DISCLAIMER** CONTAINS EXTREMELY MILD SPOILERS ABOUT THE FIRST MOVIE
So as almost everyone knows, last weekend Alice In Wonderland Through The Looking Glass was released in cinemas to the world.
An remake of the classic book and movie and also the sequel to the first modern adaptation, this highly anticipated movie was a long time coming for fans of the first one.
I must admit I was somewhat worried about the sequel, not only because it was a sequel (and we all know that sequels have a history of not being so good) but because unlike the first movie, Tim Burton was not directing it (although still producing).
However any scepticism I had was washed away as soon as the movie started.
Before I continue, I’ll recap on the first movie;
So as the initial story goes, Alice falls down the rabbit hole and lands up in Wonderland. She meets all the infamous characters: Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Cheshire Cat, The White Rabbit and of course Hatter etc). She ends up being the talked about ‘Alice’ who can be the only one to slay the Jabberwocky (pet of the Red Queen).
She lands up in some trouble with the Red Queen and allies with the White Queen and eventually slays the Jabberwocky and returns back to her life in England.
It goes without saying that you should definitely watch the first movie (I mean, who wouldn’t want to?!) but the sequel makes perfect sense without the need of remembering too much of the first movie.
Through The Looking Glass follows the story of Hatter. A brief outline of the movie;
Alice is doing amazing things in early 20th century London. But an altercation with Hamish leaves her falling through to Wonderland yet again. She is met by various familiar characters who are extremely concerned about the Hatter. Hatter believes his family are still alive (following on from the story of the Hatter’s family being killed when their village was destroyed). To do this Alice must go back in time to change the past and find out what happened to his family.
In this movie you are introduced to a few new characters, the main one (and one of my favourites) is Time.
Could I tell it was a different director? Absolutely NOT. The movie was just as good as the first one.
Mia Wasikowska (Alice) was phenomenal as always. You may think that since the first movie was a few years ago that Mia would’ve outgrown the role of Alice, but that’s not the case. Instead they showed her as an even stronger businesswoman and warrior. Forever one of my favourite strong female leads.
As for the other actors Johnny Depp was as good as before, Anne Hathaway and Helen Bonham-Carter showed an amazing sisterly bond with superior acting and the classic characters were as funny and familiar as before.
An honourable mention must go to Absolum played by the late Alan Rickman. Only shown briefly in the movie but as a butterfly which is so fitting due to the circumstances of him passing.
The soundtrack hit the charts, specifically with Pink’s song Just Like Fire which plays as the credits roll at the end of the movie.
Overall I absolutely recommend going to see Through The Looking Glass, not just for the start studded cast, but for the escapism these movies and the story in general provide for everyone, young and old.
If you’ve been to see it, tell me your thoughts in the comments below!
Until next time,