Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) (Plus Bonus Features)

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6.22 h 32 min2016X-RayPG
When Alice comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland, she discovers that her friend the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) has lost his Muchness and embarks on a perilous race to save him before time runs out.
Directors
James Bobin
Starring
Johnny DeppAnne HathawayMia Wasikowska
Genres
KidsFantasyAdventure
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Chaotic Family NCReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun and Quirky, just like the first
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Our family enjoyed the movie tremendously. We love the first Alice In Wonderland, and Alice Through the Looking Glass was just as good. It was fast paced, quirky, eclectic, and everything we love about the first film.

We loved how parts of this movie tied into sections of the first AIW. Setting up the ever-lasting tea party; Hatter finding the fabric in the burned town; the white & red queen's history of how their relationship came about. Although some things make more sense if you have seen Burton's AIW, Through the Looking Glass can stand on it's own also.

The bonus features were great - interviews, the making of costumes, the making of Pink's song & video.

Our house has seen Burton's Alice in Wonderland so many times, we know it by heart. Through The Looking Glass will be the same way.
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J.L.P.Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
An Honest Review
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From watching the first Tim Burton Alice In Wonderland, I actually prefer this sequel than it's predecessor. The reason being, is mainly because of it's more mature theme throughout and getting to know the backgrounds of the characters more well through the time travel aspect. The acting is significantly better than the first, and the ending is done well with great closure of all the characters in Wonderland and out. BUT, there is one plot-hole I noticed in the beginning that i'm sure everyone will understand too. The plot-hole being how The Red Queen was handcuffed to Stayne the Knave of Hearts at the end of the first film, and how in this one it is as if he never existed hence never knew what happened to him yet The Red Queen is perfectly fine when she meets up with the character Time. Maybe he killed himself? Or resides in her new domain? No one knows unfortunately.

It is a shame however, that this film did not get such good reviews and response from the box office. I personally think that Alice in Wonderland (the first film) should have been done more differently to what everyone else was expecting (how Alice first goes into Wonderland and we know the whole story). I did find it interesting though, how she was 18 and going back to Wonderland, but I think after the first film, everyone got tired of it and decided to call it a day. I actually like Tim Burton's style of directing and animation but I prefer his older films rather than his newer ones.

The ending of the film (SPOILER ALERT) could have been done better. I find it amusing that Hamich get's his at the end when Alice comes back to the real world but I find that they should have done something much more insulting but I get that this is a children's film (kind of not really). What is really strange is that Alice is a captain of a ship...? This was obviously done as filler content but I find it highly unlikely that she would do this, even at the end of the first film. What I also didn't expect is for her to chop off her hair either. The story is definitely not what the original book was and it was twisted to entertain new audiences but I still feel inclined to say that they shouldn't have done this and that they should have stuck to the original plot not to confuse others who have actually read the book.

Overall I give this a 4/5 stars.
10 people found this helpful
Underground RebornReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mad fun...as a Hatter
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I may be one of the few people that enjoyed the first film in this new series. So, you know I had to give the second one a shot regardless. Once again, while not incredible 'Alice Through The Looking Glass gave me a fun story with great moments, entertaining characters and surprisingly a lot of heartfelt back stories.

This sequel picks up right where it left off giving us a strong and independent version of Alice with tight bonds of friendship to all her compatriots in Wonderland. Sacha Barron Cohen is fantastic as Time especially, when he plays off of The Mad Hatter and his nutty crew. You get some interesting insight into the past of both the Queens and Hatter and those backstories give you a very interesting perspective on how they came to be. Those stories will definitely put a few things on their own heads.

Once again, a fun tale of silliness and an entertaining follow up to a crafty re-envisioning.
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ian_wardReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good to see the back story of the Wonderland characters
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not bad, it was entertaining like the first movie. Good to see all the same characters again. This time the movie revolves around the hatter and he is so depressed about his family that he is literally dying. Alice must travel back in time to certain time periods to try to save Hatters family from a grisly death and disappearing out of Hatter’s life. Unfortunately, Alice is pursued by Time the being that controls and manages time itself. As Alice travels backwards time itself is being disrupted and destroyed bit by bit until time is gone. So, its a pretty good plot, watch it to see how it all ends.
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Goth Gone GreyReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely beautiful but weak plot
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I'll 100% admit to enjoying the trailer more than the movie. P!nk singing White Rabbit, Alan Rickman intoning... anything, pretty much. How could I not love it? (It's playing on loop while I type this, quiet as it's kept.)

As with the first, it's visually stunning, a riot of color and costumes and scenes and everything. Johnny Depp is, well, Johnny Depp. Crazy costume, crazy attitude, and quite the Hatter. Add in Alan's voice (swoon), Helena, and more for the second movie and it does match the first on a number of levels.

It's been a while since I read the book, but none of this seemed familiar - ah, thank you Wikipedia. Because it's very little to do with the book. The plot matches the oddity of the original books, but some of the secondary characters remind me more of the extended Oz universe.

Would I be in line to see another in the series - or even to watch the first two again? Not likely, there are other movies I enjoy more.
elibReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anything is better with Helena Bonham Carter in it
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I think it wasn't the same story as in the book, of course I read the book about 32 years ago. It was an interesting tale and made you understand why the characters ended up the way they did. Anything is better with Helena Bonham Carter in it, so I loved the movie. Alice travels through time to save the Hatter and in doing so she discovers what happened to the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter. She wasn't able to change everything, but Alice was able to effect many changes during the course of the movie. The movie did make me not like the white queen, but I think that was supposed to happen. I ended up liking the Red Queen, which shows everyone is not all good or bad. Sometimes good people do bad things which change other people's lives for the worse and they never pay for that... who knows what moral if any this movie was trying to convey, but it was fun.
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dcitrowReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Better Than the First!
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Better than the first. I would say it has a more interesting and adult story-line. The first 'Alice' was visually flat-out-fun to see but, I found the acting a bit lacking (with a few exceptions of course!) The new character "Time" is much more interesting to watch than the Crispin Glover role in the original. Depp's role is also not quite so cartoonish in this one, better I think. The White Queen does not shine like she did in the first one (loved her in that!) Helena Carter "Red Queen" is still there, but her role just lacks the luster of the original movie. You'll find a lot of the old characters just have cameo appearances, but that does not take away from the movie! It is well done and entertaining!
PS. No cutting off of heads in this one, so safe for kids to see. However, I don't think they'ed like it anyway. As I said, a more adult story-line.
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Leo HottReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Visually stunning fun!!!
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The only possible reasons I can imagine for any poor reviews on this movie would be the lack of addressing material from the books not covered in the first movie ...like the walrus & the Carpenter & of course Oysters. This may have deliberately been left out due to the possible religious innuendo's brought up in colleges. Other than that this is great escapist fantasy picking up where the original movie left off. This movie is visually stunning the acting is fine & it is fast paced. As far as character development that was accomplished in the first movie allowing the new movie to fly into action. It even allows us to have a little compassion for the villainous Red Queen by touching on the past. It even manages to cover the complex issues of time travel better than many other more serious science fiction movies with some hilarious puns. Critics missed the boat by being hard on this movie after all its just a movie...it was never intended to change the world just made to have some fun & in that I feel it was a success!!!
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