When I walked out of the dark theater after watching Through the Looking Glass, still high on popcorn, Twizzlers and Conley’s, my six-year old daughter, fun company, I thought I liked it. Well, at least I thought I liked it for Conley.
We both liked how beautiful it was that Alice was a brave, loving and loyal friend. The colors of the film were amazing and there were some dry jokes thrown in with all the whimsical fantasy.
I thought that I liked that it reinforced that girls/women can accomplish anything that they desire and that they don’t have to be pigeon-holed into jobs that have been stereotypically dominated by males - like daring sea captain. And, this was also something that Conley picked up on. On the way home, she told me that she knew that it was possible for her to be a trapeze artist when she grew up (we’ll be revisiting this later, but for the time being I went with it).
However, the more I thought about it the less I liked this movie, for either of us. I realized that although Alice, played flatly by Mia Wasikowska, was an empowered woman who followed her dreams, she was also extremely selfish, brash and a little petulant. She didn’t seem to even give a moments thought to the fact that her adventure, although for a good purpose at its core, put everyone at risk.
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As for the rest of the cast of characters, they seemed to just be going through the motions. It seems impossible that a character named the Mad Hatter could be considered over the top, but Johnny Depp’s portrayal of him is simply too much. I feared that The White Queen played by Anne Hathaway may actually fall asleep and I simply couldn’t figure out what Sacha Baron Cohen was going for as Time. However, it wasn’t all lost, Helena Bonham Carter was in it and that woman could read the dictionary and it would be fascinating.
It wasn’t the worst movie that I have seen but it was a fairly unnecessary movie. Like I said, when I emerged from the theater I thought that I had liked it, but after my eyes adjusted I realized that it had been an optical illusion. Skip it and read the book if you want a real adventure.
Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
Rotten Tomatoes: 30%