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Alice Through The Looking Glass  : Time For Another Fantasy
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Friday, May 27, 2016
James Robin
Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Captain Alice docks in London to find that her ship is in danger of running aground. In her absence, Hamish whose marriage proposal she had publicly turned down, has taken over as Chairman of the Board. And he’s vengeful. Alice is on the verge of losing her shares in the company and her ship to Hamish. But all her mother can say is that it’s time she settled down like good girls do.


Alice slips through the mirror on the wall, becomes as tiny as the chess pieces in Hamish’s office, and the fantasy fun begins. Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall and the King on the chess board summons his men and his horses to put Humpty Dumpty together again.


When she opens a door, Alice freefalls into Underland, plonk amidst her little friends and their eternal tea party. White Queen, Cat, Dog, Hare and Tweedledee and Tweedledum are all overjoyed, they’ve been waiting for her. Because only Alice can help the Mad Hatter come out of a depression he’s fallen into. Mad Hatter has begun to believe that his dead family is still alive. Even Alice can’t convince him that nobody can bring back the dead.


But maybe you can go back and avert the calamities of the past?


To help the Mad Hatter, Alice steals the Chronosphere from Time himself to travel back to the past.  But as Time warns her, ‘You can’t change the past but maybe you can learn from it’.


After encountering the evil Red Queen and a young Mad Hatter and all that happened in their youth, Alice ultimately brings cheer back into the lives of her little friends.     


It helps her handle Hamish and her mother in her own world as well.


With a running time of 113 minutes, if you’re an Alice fan you’ll find Linda Woolverton’s screenplay a whirlwind ride. The many little cracks made about Time, like Time’s on my side, I’m on Time and Time is flying, are witty. And the companionship among the little creatures remains high as always.     


It’s a visually happy experience too with Johnny Depp once again perfect as lovable Mad Hatter. Watching Sacha Baron Cohen as Time, Helena Bonham Carter as the flaming red-haired Queen, Anne Hathaway as White Queen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice, is like a tea party with a bunch of wacky but warm buddies.  


Director James Bobin uses Time to slip in a few messages. Like Time is not a thief, Time gives before taking because every day, every moment is a gift.


For a film that’s worth your Time, Alice Through The Looking Glass gets a 3* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Columnist & Author



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