Alice Through the Looking Glass – Movie Review

A quirky take on a beloved classic featuring more madness that you can fit in one hat.

Let me be brutally honest – I am very biased towards films that a) are fairytale related and b) feature Johnny Depp; so in my eyes, this movie was destined for greatness from the very start.

Designer extraordinaire Tati and I were treated to a premiere screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass in the Gladstone Cinemas epic Gold Room (champagne on arrival AND popcorn – YES PLEASE!). To say I was excited is a huge understatement and to say I loved the film is an even bigger one!

From the very start, where Alice proved her ‘girls can do anything’ attitude by captaining a ship from the 1800’s, I knew this movie was going to meet my very high expectations. This sequel follows Alice’s journey of finding her feet in adulthood, aided by her friends back in Wonderland of course, and introduces Time himself.

Time, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, chases Alice through the film as she tries to help the Mad Hatter (whose whimsical attitude has become uncharacteristically sad) find his long lost family. I must admit, it was strange to see Sacha in a ‘kids’ movie with his love interest as Helena Bonham Carter (The Queen of Hearts) – Borat and Bellatrix did not seem like the ideal couple in my eyes!

In a nutshell, there was a lot of time travelling, some serious makeup skills (Johnny Depp’s make up lady I’m looking at you!) and a great story line that both young and old would enjoy.

For me, I give the movie 4.5 out of 5 Mad Hatters, but if you ask Tati, she might have a slightly different rating… She definitely wasn’t a fan of The Mad Hatters voice. Check out the movie and help us settle this office battle – are you team Tati or team Yiota?

PS. Whoopi Goldberg is still the ultimate Cheshire cat in my eyes.

-Yiota.