Alice Through the Looking Glass: Time Travel and Grief

Alice Kingsleigh is back – and it’s up to her to save Underland before it runs out of time. Due for a Philippine release this coming July 6, What’s a Geek got the great opportunity to attend a special screening of Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass last June 29 at SM Megamall. Read on for our contributor’s take on the film and its plot – beware though, Spoilers Ahoy!

Directed by James Bobin, doors open to more of Alice’s adventures, following the 2010 adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s perennial fantasy-adventure novel Alice in Wonderland.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice has become an excellent merchant-ship captain, much like her father before her. She finds herself back in Underland after following her butterfly friend Absolem through a mirror. There, she reunites with her friends and a Mad(der-than-usual) Hatter who is getting weaker after losing hope that he would ever find his family.

After a run-in with Time and stealing a pocketwatch-like device called the Chronosphere, Alice must embark on a journey through the seas of time. She hopes to find out what truly happened to the Hatter’s family, but she does so with a disgruntled Time chasing after her.

Alice tries her best to save the Hightopps (much against everyone else’s warnings) and witnesses firsthand the events that led to Underland’s current state today. Will Alice make it in time to save the Hatter’s family without destroying time as Underland knows it?

Alice Through the Looking Glass
Members of the audience take a photo at the cutout mosaic of the film found outside the cinema.

Alice Through the Looking Glass is a Victorian rendition of a Doctor Who episode gone bad. A companion (Alice) runs off with the time-travelling TARDIS (Chronosphere), and a panicked Doctor (Time) and their enemies chase after her. After time and space are almost ruined and destroyed, the characters realize the true value of their time, where they are, and what they have become.

The film’s rather heavily CG-dependent scenes showcase a particular magic (and insanity) in portraying Underland and its remarkable cast of characters. However, there is something an au naturale look might do to make the film a bit more tolerable to critics. The score was a mid, at best, as what perhaps is the primary appeal to the story – the film’s take on time travel.

Despite misgivings on the classic “Do-Not-Mess-With-Time” trope and a few misses on other departments, Alice Through the Looking Glass gives a powerful message on time and the act of moving on.


Rhenn Taguiam

Rhenn Taguiam is a frustrated journalist with a knack for comic books and video games. He likes pizza and pasta, and has an uncontrollable urge to gush over anything Super Sentai, Star Trek or X-Men. He is currently on his way to get his Master's Degree - unless he creates his own video game or graphic novel first.

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