Dec 12, 2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass
There are three ways that you can adapt these books for movies or tv.
1. You can stay true to the original books, and have Alice faced with a random series of events that make no sense.
2. You can play on what would happen if Alice returned to England and insisted that she had actually been to Wonderland: a grim story of a girl undergoing Victorian cures for insanity.
3. You can make Wonderland a real fantasy or science fiction universe, with internal consistency and logical plot developments (good luck!)
The 2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass did #3, with a little of #1 and #2. The result varies tremendously in tone, and has about as much to do with the original book as The Lord of the Rings has to do with professional baseball.
Got all that? As turgid as a George Elliot novel.
He's depressed over his family being killed a jabberwock attack when he was a boy, so the White Queen (Mirana of Marmoreal) talks her into going back in time to try to prevent their deaths.
To do so, Alice has to steal something from the chronoscope from the God of Time (Sacha Baron Cohen).
Unfortunately, the exiled Red Queen (Iracebeth of Crims) is dating the God of Time.
Got all that?
But at least there's no hetero-romantic plotline. The Mad Hatter does not express any romantic interest in Alice, or anyone else. I expected Alice to fall for James Harcourt (Ed Speleers, top photo), the only Victorian who isn't shocked by her eccentricities, but she doesn't.