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Trailer Watch – Alice Through The Looking Glass

From the genius quirks of Tim Burton comes a sequel to the wonderful star-studded 2010 film Alice in Wonderland– this time it’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Since the first film was based on the classic Lewis Carrol books mixed with the beautiful madness of Tim Burton’s mind, the film was a success, not only entertaining through its lovable characters twisted into a new style (such as Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter) but through its colourful and vibrant cinematography. The first film was a family friendly delight of the story we all know, combined with a true visual masterpiece.

This trailer reveals the famous faces will return as the characters we loved in the first film- Johnny Depp as the fragile yet wild Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the comical yet evil Red Queen, her opposite the White Queen played by Anne Hathaway. This first peek reveals a new character- the personification of ‘Time’ played by Sacha Baron Cohen. The film promises the same detailed CGI/live action that has been mixed fluently by Tim Burton in the past .

It seems this time the plot revolves around Alice having to return to wonderland to save the Mad Hatter, but most is left to the imagination since it’s extremely difficult to guess a clear storyline in the land of the impossible that is Wonderland. With the familiar voice of Alan Rickman as the newly hatched butterfly, the trailer takes us on a visual journey, not of the Wonderland we know, but a new desolate Wonderland that needs Alice’s help to fix. The Hatter is introduced with distressed eyes, and the world behind him in flames. The trailer mixes the wonderful whimsy of the Alice in Wonderland stories with a dark tone of foreboding that ties in with the storyline, as well as Tim Burton’s previous filmography.

Since the first film grossed $1 billion worldwide, this sequel has big shoes to fill, and it’s going to be a long wait for Spring of 2016 when we can return to Wonderland!

Eleanor Missen

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