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
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
For a film that’s worth your Time, Alice
Through The Looking Glass gets a 3* rating.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Columnist & Author