I never actually read “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll, the sequel to “Alice in Wonderland”, even though I’ve had the book for years. I did however sneak a peek at it on Wikipedia. The movie is NOTHING and I repeat NOTHING like the book. So if that’s what you are expecting, I’m so sorry. Hopefully the trailer above tipped you off.
Even if the movie didn’t follow the book, it could still be a good movie. Right? Ehhh…. here’s what I think. For a quick summary [spoilers] of the movie to understand what I am talking about, go here.
The movie had a couple nice things going for it. First of all, the importance of gender equality. Hamish (if you remember, he was supposed to be Alice’s fiance) thinks that just because she is a lady, she can only do the job of an office clerk and couldn’t possibly be the captain of a ship. It appears everyone thinks so. However, Alice, and at the end her mother, refuse to let that be the case.
Secondly, the importance of family. The Mad Hatter, is acting madder than usual because he believes that his family is still alive. Years ago, the Mad Hatter had left his family after an argument and it was believed that they were killed by the Jabberwocky but they are still alive but being held captive by the Red Queen! Alice helps The Hatter reunite with his family. We also see the importance of family with Alice and her mother when Hamish forces her to sign over her father’s ship in exchange for her family home. Alice realizes how important her mother is to her and is willing to sacrifice her freedom but of course we find out in the end, her mother won’t allow it.
Lastly, the importance of telling the truth. When we go back in Time, we see Mirana (White Queen) and Iracabeth (Red Queen) as youngsters. They are eating tarts. When their mother forbids them from eating any more, Mirana goes back and steals the last one and eats it over by Iracabeth’s bed and leaves crumbs under it. When their mother finds out, she is furious and blames Iracabeth even though she didn’t do it. She runs away and accidentally hits her head, leading her to have an oddly shaped head for the rest of her life. Mirana and Iracabeth make up at the end of the movie when Mirana apologizes and Iracabeth says, that’s all she ever wanted to hear from her little sister.
Overall, it was a decent movie. I really wished the characters from the first book would have had more screen time. Absolem (played by Alan Rickman) had only a few lines in the beginning. With his passing earlier this year, I was hoping for a little more.
If you go see the movie, let me know what you think! I want to know what you liked and disliked. Leave me a comment below. 🙂 Give this blog a LIKE if you enjoyed reading this and you want more reviews like this.