I had the opportunity to attend the fantastic premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass and it's safe to say this is one rollercoaster movie of epic proportions.
I have a pretty vivid imagination. I have often been working quietly at my desk whilst also playing out various comical office banter scenarios when someone will address me and I nearly jump to the ceiling for fear that they know my thoughts. It's a real genuine fear by the way or maybe it's just imagination paranoia. Either way, I have always felt a connection Alice.
I think the story of Through the Looking Glass has been captured clearly through this version. This movie is clearer and more concise than Alice in Wonderland. It is fair to say that Through the Looking Glass is more refined than the original too but I feel like the vision in this sequel is stronger. The vibrant colours roll through the movie delighting your eyes at each plot turn. The costumes are utterly exquisite and complement the design of the overall production.
I can't recommend this movie enough for anyone who has an interest in the story or anything action packed and exciting. We saw the movie in 3D - this is always a funny experience for me because I wear glasses and I despise contacts. So ...yes, I will sit there with two pairs of glasses on for the two hours.
Johnny Depp really transgresses with his character in this movie. We see a dark more evolved humanistic Mad Hatter who longs so much to see his family again. Alice steals the chromosphere in an attempt to bring back Hatter's ill-fated family and in turn the rabbit hole adventure commences with utter chaos.
The movie is long but the kept and tempo are consistent to the point where time flies by (or does it?) as you whisk through various timescapes on the chromosphere. Sacha Baron Cohen is surprisingly powerful as the godlike character called Time. The representation is exquisite and I felt that this was a great opportunity to see his genuine acting ability in a more realistic character than his other productions.
The stories weaves through wonderful personal journeys for all the characters and the direction has really been exemplary in keeping in line with the vision of the book. A must see.