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Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the Underland through a giant mirror. After reuniting with the madcap characters (White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, and of course the Mad Hatter, to name a few) she learns that in order to recuperate an ailing Hatter (Johnny Depp), she must travel back in time to save his family. But the past cannot be changed.
Though the sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010) is visually stunning, it lacks the quirky gothic twist that Burton lent to the franchise. His unique imagination and live-action take on Lewis Carroll's children's classic put it on a pedestal.
James Bobin's fairly enjoyable but conventional adaptation lacks the individuality of its predecessor. While it presents Alice as a spunky young woman sailing high seas and exploring the world, the story then shifts focus on the time machine madness, which seems tedious eventually.
The film tries to bite off more than it can chew as it's also an origin story of sorts, where we are told why the Red queen (Helena Bonham Carter) is perpetually angry.
However, despite the dramatic content driven by the cliched time travel tropes, 'Through The Looking Glass' manages to transport you to the magical world. If 3D escapism is all you seek, Bobin certainly doesn't disappoint. Novelty on the other hand is a different story.
Sadly, Depp doesn't have much to do here as Alice is the real hero - his saviour. Mia is spectacular as usual and so is Helena. Sacha Baron Cohen as the man-machine version of Time is entertaining and so are his robotic helpers (the Seconds, who can join forces and become Minutes then Hours). Anne Hathaway gets lost in the crowd.
When compared to Burton's work, this one pales in comparison. If you haven't seen his film, you are bound to find this wondrous, a journey worth taking for sure.
P!nk performs a song for this film. The song was not written by her, however.
This film marks Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's ninth collaboration.
This is the final film of Alan Rickman, who passed away four months before the film's release.
After the passing of her father, Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) follows in his footsteps and sails the high seas. Upon her return to London from her China voyage, she finds out that her ex-fiance, Hamish Ascot, has taken over his father's company. He also plans to have Alice sell him her father's ship in exchange for her family home. After having an argument with her mother on the matter, Alice follows a butterfly she recognizes as Absolem and enters the Underland through a giant mirror. Her friends from the Wonderland inform her that the Mad hatter has slipped into depression as he believes that his family is still alive. Alice visits him and tries to console him, but he wants her to believe him and rescue his family.
In order to save him and his family, Alice travels back in time. Upon visiting Time's palace, Alice finds the Chronosphere, an object that powers all time in Underland and travels through time.
Alice flies to the day of Iracebeth's coronation.
At the coronation, a younger Tarrant begins a mockery of the Red Queen when the royal crown doesn't fit on her abnormal large head. This causes Iracebeth to melt down, and her father deems her inappropriate to rule, and passes the title of queen to her younger sister Mirana, the White Queen. Tarrant is then told off by his father for making mockery of the queen, and the Hatter leaves, feeling his father thinks of him as a disappointment.
Alice later learns of an event in Iracebeth and Mirana's past that caused friction between the two, and she travels back in time again, hoping it will change Iracebeth's ways. Alice travels back again and runs into younger versions of Tarrant and her other Underland friends. Meanwhile, Mirana (as a young girl) steals a tart from her mother and eats it, leaving the crumbs under Iracebeth's bed.
When consulted on the issue by their mother, Mirana lies about not eating the tart, and Iracebeth is unfairly accused, causing her to run out of the castle in sadness. Alice sees her about to run into a clock, the event that deforms her head and personality. She is able to get the clock out of her head's way, but fails to change the past as Iracabeth trips and slams her head anyways.
Alice is then confronted by a weakened Time. He tells her that she has put the world in danger by stealing the Chronosphere. To prevent herself from being apprehended, Alice runs into a nearby mirror back into the real world, where she wakes up in a mental hospital, diagnosed with female hysteria. By the help of her mother, Alice escapes and returns to Underland, where she travels to the Attack of the Jabberwocky and discovers that the Hatter's family never died, but were captured by Iracebeth. Tearfully claiming she now believes him, Tarrant awakens and reforms back to his normal self. The Hatter, Alice and the rest of the Underlanders all go to the Red Queen's castle on the outskirts of Underland, where they believe Tarrant's family to be. The Hatter finds his family to be shrunk and trapped in an ant farm. Prepared for their arrival after being informed by Time, Iracebeth apprehends them and steals the Chronosphere from Alice, taking Mirana back to the day she lied about the tart.
Time warns Alice that she needs to stop Iracebeth from changing the past and destroying Underland. By the time Tarrant and Alice get there, Iracebeth and her past see each other as Iracebeth attempts to stop Mirana from lying. Time becomes irrelevant, and Underland begins to freeze. Alice manages to place the Chronosphere back to its original place and the Underland gets alive again. The Hatter reunites with his family. Mirana apologizes to Iracebeth for lying, and make amends. Alice bids her friends farewell and returns to the real world where her mother refuses to return Alice's ship over to Hamish, and the two set to travel the world together, starting with China.