Finally, Alice Through The Looking Glass opens in theaters TODAY! Earlier this week, while attending the #ThroughTheLookingGlass press junket in LA, I had the opportunity to preview the new sequel not once but TWICE. It was strange, it was magical, it was everything Alice in Wonderland should be. Come with me as I take you on a journey, the magical journey “through the looking glass” where everything is possible and everyone is a little bonkers.
“Would you like an adventure now, or shall we have our tea first?”
It’s been three years since we last saw Alice (Mia Wasikowska) discovering her independence and fleeing an unwanted marriage proposal. Now a days, she is discovering more than just her independence, she is a sea captain and a pretty amazing one at that! She returns home from her voyage at sea, only to find out her livelihood is at stake. When life becomes too unbearable, she climbs through the looking glass and is transported back to Underland. There she is greeted by old friends and more problems to fix.
“You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret, all the best people are.”
The problem involves one of Alice’s very good friend, The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). You see, The Hatter is in a state of a life-threatening depression after finding an object which leads him to believe his family is still alive. Not having the support of his friends and especially Alice, he falls deeper into this depression and must be saved. Alice to the rescue.
“Alice: How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.”
To save The Mad Hatter, Alice decides to take on Time. Yes, Time is in fact a person in this rendition of Alice and perhaps my new favorite character. Time, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, is powerful, a bit idiotic, half man/half clock, who loves tights and The Queen of Hearts (Helena Bonham Carter). He talks a big game and can decide when someones “time is up.” However, his own existence (and that of the life-clock) is ran on a device which can also be used to travel back in time, the very device Alice steals in order to help The Mad Hatter.
“You can’t change the past but we you can certainly learn from it.”
Have you ever wondered what The Mad Hatter’s childhood was like? Or how exactly did The Queen of Hearts acquire such a big head? On Alice’s quest to help The Mad Hatter, we are taken on a journey back to the origins of the story; a much younger & innocent Underland.
“There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger!”
And that my friends, is exactly where we are taken to in Alice Through The Looking Glass. The story is magical, weird, exciting, colorful, funny and everything an Alice in Wonderland film should be! But most of all, we leave the theater with a sense of self. It is Okay to believe in impossible things, for they push you to be more than you are. It is Okay to be a little strange or bonkers, because those are the ones that stand out in the world. It is Okay to follow your dreams, no matter how outlandish others think they are; happiness is not achieving others goals but your own.
Lewis Carroll first took us through the rabbit hole years ago and showed us a world where anything is possible. Today, Disney takes us “Through The Looking Glass” once again and reminds us to never lose that magic.
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS opens in theaters everywhere TODAY!