Warning: Careful for Spoilers. You have been warned!
After the success of Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton’s take on Lewis Caroll’s children’s classic, a sequel to the movie had been long inevitable. In Alice’s second trip to the Underland however, things seem to take a wrong turn and the movie fails to be better than its predecessor.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) enters the Underland through the Looking Glass and finds herself with the White Queen(Anne Hathaway), the White Rabbit, the Chesire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. On meeting these characters Alice is informed that the Mad Hatter (Johhny Depp) is depressed over the loss of his family and thus begins Alice’s journey to find Hatter’s long lost kin.
The movie travels shifts through paradigms of the past, present and future almost parallelly and quickly tracing out the history of the characters and what the future holds for them. For this, Alice must steal the Chronosphere, the most important gadget from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) to travel into the past.
But Alice is putting too much at stake for this – her actual present where she is supposed to married off to a handsome yet greedy suitor, the life of Time in the Underland and of course of all the creatures of the fantastic world who count on Time.
Much is riding on Alice’s shoulders and she must become the proto-feminist type to walk in her father’s footsteps and sail the ravaging high seas. But somewhere this plot is let loose and Alice on entering the giant mirror only becomes a companion to Mad Hatter to help him find out any leads about his family.
Hatter, meanwhile has turned pale and wan becoming almost lifeless as he sees not a ray of hope from anywhere. This leads Alice to seek help from the White Queen and the audience gets to know something they were the most unaware of – why is the Red Queen so wicked?
The story takes us back to the time of the good ol’ childhood days of the two princesses where the White Queen plays a sly trick on her elder sister in turn getting her enraged which further leads her to slip and injure her tiny Red head. But it’s tiny no more it has swollen to an extent to what we see now and that is the main grudge that the evil Red Queen has against the sister, constantly reiterating “No one loves me.”
What makes up for the busy plot are the itsy-bitsy smart word-plays by Time himself and how his importance is highlighted in the movie. It’s well-known that Time waits for none but in the movie we see that Time, the all powerful and immortal is the one who actually suffers at the hands of a mortal Alice.
At the close, the Hatter finally re-united his family and the Red Queen also hugs her sister a sight of forgiveness. Overall, the film fails to garner that much of attention and of course too much of critical acclaim. Disney fans should not be expecting a lot out of this one!