Alice Returns

3 June 2016

*For those of you who have not seen the movie yet, there are spoilers in this post. If you wish to find out the story on your own don't read further!
After the screening of Disney's sequel to the amazing Alice in Wonderland, I returned home and fired up my laptop to write down all the impressions that this movie left me with. Before I logged on I was curious as to see what other people have been writing about it on the Internet, and looking at it all left me simply stunned. I couldn't believe my eyes as to how many negative reviews were out there, so I figured I'd quite possibly might be the only one who has something positive to say about it all. 

Growing up as a child my favourite book to read was Alice's Adventures Underground, a book that taught me that nothing is "unpossible", as Chesire says in this new sequel of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. When the first movie premiered I was so excited that I couldn't wait to buy my ticket and go see the screening, and this time was no different. Two hours later I got out of the cinema completely satisfied with what I saw and decided to share all the magical details.

The movie was dedicated to the late Alan Rickman, who provided the voice of the blue butterfly Absolem. I missed hearing his marvelous honeyed baritone voice, which suggested that in just a few brief moments the bedtime story that this movie told awaits as - "You’ve been gone too long, Alice. There are matters which might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected. Hurry. And do mind your step." 

In this sequel the story follows Alice who returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.In the real world of 18th century England, Alice Kingsleigh is a captain of an English merchant ship. She is about to lose her commission when she re-enters Underland for the second time. She is given a warm welcome by all her old friends: the White Rabbit, TweedleDee and TweedleDum, the Cheshire Cat and Queen Mirana. She learns that her best friend, The Mad Hatter, is depressed because he misses his parents and his siblings. She decides that the only way to help him is to find his family. They are presumed dead, but the Hatter doesn’t believe so. She then goes in search of the chronosphere, a time travel device located at Time’s castle. What follows is an epic journey in search of The Hatter’s parents.

There is a lot of smart wordplay based on the character Time. Think of all the jokes having to do with time and they are all in this movie. Sasha Baron Cohen as Time steals the whole show, he is very funny, exciting and works well with this great ensemble cast. My two favorite lines of this movie are when The Mad Hatter exclaims “dream or reality, who’s to say which is which.” and when Alice says that "time is a gift." to Time himself. This sums up the message of the movie and the magic of it all. I absolutely enjoyed being transported once again with the chronosphere through Underland and come back out through that looking glass most satisfied.

I am hoping that you'll ignore all the negative comments some write about this masterpiece and go and take a look at it for yourselves before deciding whether it's good or not.

Personally I loved it!



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