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Alice Through the Looking Glass Review (2016)

Surprisingly good!

If Lewis Carroll would have been alive today he would have given a nod to Alice Through the Looking Glass. Of course not for the reason that they totally changed his book and messed with every single detail to weave something different altogether, but for the mere fact that it is brimming up with an equal fanciful inclination and zeal that Carroll shared.


Alice Through the Looking Glass personifies ‘Time’ which is both poetic and enigmatic as Alice embarks on a journey to bring Hatter back to life. Time’s depiction is downright extraordinary and aced superbly by Sacha Baron Cohen. The blue tinge in his eyes and his animated mechanical body help him lip a fantastic creation.

“Time is a thief, and a villain.”

There are a lot of time references that have been brilliantly thought of and executed nicely. Watch out for that bit when Time is made fun of by Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Thackery, Mallymkun and the rest. The movie packs in the concept of toying with timelines, which happens to be one of my favourite fancies. Unfortunately they fail to make it palpable.


You get to hear the voice of Alan Rickman as Absolem which was endearing per se as if he sprang up back from the dead. It was ephemeral but it makes you think of him which was really pleasant. Mia Wasikowska is as outstanding as she was in the prequel. So was Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth. Her rampaging confidence is a joy to watch. Also, Andrew Scott has a short cameo, that was actually quite satisfying.

Screenplay is kind of a beautiful literary affair, and will keep you interested throughout. Visually it is gripping. The plot oscillates a little betwixt the real and the virtual but finds a firm grip in both the worlds. Well thought of, I must say. It isn’t really that dark and grim as Tim Burton’s style of movie-making is. But it is still fun.


The thing that seemed a little out of place in Alice Through the Looking Glass was the huge plot punch on which the whole movie was based upon. If you look at it closely you wonder Alice goes to all that trouble just to make Hatter, who is already mad, happy? Is that it? To answer that you must think from Alice’s perspective. It is this whimsical world she tries to fit in, and petty things that entail in it that matter to her the most. If one was to weave a story out of her life, it would always surround tales with such quaint things, things that matter to Alice, if not to you. Well, if you can’t digest that, a simple – “Hatter was going to die with gloom” should do it.


Alice Through the Looking Glass isn’t really that serious when trying to skip alongside the time component that it so profusely tries to milk. It will flabbergast you beyond limit, vex you if you try to connect the dots, and elude you as you try to reason with it. At the end of the flick you realize it’s Disney after all. What do you expect?

Eventually, you wonder if Alice Through the Looking Glass even came close to how Lewis had intended his book to be, but to be honest there are more creative juices at play in today’s fantasy scenario. The world is constantly growing. We improvise, don’t we?

The Intern Review (2015)

Nancy Meyers has a knack for making ‘pleasant and delightful’ movies. The Intern is no different. The flick is upbeat. Almost like a fairyland, where good things keep happening, and everything is quite refined and elegant.

Anne Hathway is brilliant as Jules. With the backdrop plot of a girl doing really well with her startup, I imagined people of her character’s age group instantly relate with her. What makes the story even more endearing is the inclusion of Robert De Niro as an intern who walks into the life of Jules as a fairy godfather. He comes as a pleasant surprise and makes things better for her, and takes the load off from her shoulders. Something tells me people are really looking for someone like De Niro in their lives. A friend or a watchful protector who just wants the best for you, and wishes good things to happen to you, who takes the driver’s seat of your life and lets you enjoy the ride, and takes the pressure off, and also helps you out with the clutter in life.

Sadly the world doesn’t really work like that. If it weren’t so dark, each one of us would be living our fantasies without life’s wretched inhibitions. The Intern is all a mere figment of Nancy Meyers imagination. She punches in forced comedy in order to make the matter in hand sound fun. Eventually she tries to create tension, which is again Meyers’ way of putting hurdles into her story. Screenplay of the movie is more like conversations with a shrink. At one point, it seems you are witnessing one.

We must bear in mind, not everything in this life is plushy and fluffy. You don’t always end up with unicorns and rainbows. Given the jovial theme of the movie, it would at once strike you how the director thinks. Nancy isn’t a great director, but for some, she is.

I would recommend it for people who don’t really like dark, who are light-hearted and are always down for a pleasant popcorn movie.