6.2/10
77,289
215 user 269 critic

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Trailer
2:20 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter.

Director:

James Bobin

Writers:

Linda Woolverton (screenplay), Lewis Carroll (books)
Reviews
Popularity
2,718 ( 105)

Johnny Depp Through the Years

Take a look back at Johnny Depp's movie and TV career in photos.

See more Johnny

4 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly
Maleficent (2014)
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Director: Robert Stromberg
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley
Cinderella I (2015)
Drama | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming stepsisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.

Director: Andrew Adamson
Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley
Corpse Bride (2005)
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

Directors: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Ricky Gervais
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Security guard Larry Daley infiltrates the Smithsonian Institution in order to rescue Jedediah and Octavius, who have been shipped to the museum by mistake.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Amy Adams
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson
Family | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner.

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Hatter Tarrant Hightopp
Mia Wasikowska ... Alice Kingsleigh
Helena Bonham Carter ... Iracebeth
Anne Hathaway ... Mirana
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Time
Rhys Ifans ... Zanik Hightopp
Matt Lucas ... Tweedledee / Tweedledum
Lindsay Duncan ... Helen Kingsleigh
Leo Bill ... Hamish
Geraldine James ... Lady Ascot
Andrew Scott ... Dr. Addison Bennet
Richard Armitage ... King Oleron
Ed Speleers ... James Harcourt
Alan Rickman ... Absolem (voice)
Timothy Spall ... Bayard (voice)
Edit

Storyline

Alice returns to the magical world of Underland, only to find the Hatter in a horrible state. With the help of her friends, Alice must travel through time to save the Mad Hatter and Underland's fate from the evil clutches of the Red Queen and a clock like creature, known as Time. Written by Ghostface

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

This spring, it's time for a little madness. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action/peril and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Into the Looking Glass See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,112,000, 29 May 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,042,381

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$299,455,833
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is a wholly original story, using characters from Lewis Carroll's two Alice books. See more »

Goofs

As a child the Mad Hatter has his adult teeth but no gap between them. He also has no lisp. As an adult, the Mad Hatter has both a gap between his front teeth and a slight lisp. However, even in humans such changes can sometimes occur (e.g. due to injury), let alone in a weird magical being like the Hatter. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Helmsman: Sir, shoals on every side. Sand or reef, I cannot say.
See more »

Crazy Credits

A dedication to the late Alan Rickman appears right when the first part of the end credits finish. See more »

Connections

Featured in 1st Viewing: Alice Through the Looking Glass (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Savoy Stomp
Written by Erich Boerschel
Courtesy of APM Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Great graphics and awesome costumes, but a bad portrayal of human nature
19 November 2016 | by DiscoProJoeSee all my reviews

Just saw this movie last night. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and special effects, and the costumes were spectacular. The plot also had some interesting twists, albeit with some silly ones mixed in with them.

A minor quirk in this film was that I had to turn on the subtitles to understand some of the characters. The Mad Hatter and King of Time, for example, had really thick accents that made their spoken language hard to comprehend.

But the major drawback to this movie was its naive portrayal of human nature that borders on the offensive.

While it is certainly true that "you can't change the past but can learn from it," which is demonstrated vividly throughout the film, the movie unfortunately propagates the misguided notion that you can somehow ***change other people.*** If one tries to do that in the real world, they almost always will be sorely disappointed.

Unrealistic *physics* in movies (and stories) can be thrilling, and a lot of fun. But unrealistic *human nature* in stories, on the other hand, can give people false impressions about life and relationships -- not to mention that it makes it extremely difficult to relate to the characters in the story. Those characters might as well be robots or space aliens.

In this film, the Red Queen is an abusive jerk -- supposedly all because her sister told a small lie to her when they were kids. The movie then tries to show the viewer that if it weren't for this one single childhood incident, then the Red Queen supposedly would've turned out fine. However, it is clear that she *already was* a jerk prior to that incident. And if it hadn't happened, then obviously, *something else* during her childhood would've "set her off" sooner or later, instead.

So, as an adult, the White Queen thinks she can simply *apologize* to her abusive sister for that one incident, and then, the White Queen can finally *trust* her sister again?

That is pure, wishful thinking that has absolutely no basis in reality. With those kinds of people, it's best to *keep one's distance* -- not to suck up to them like a masochistic doormat.

Anyway, the next interesting relationship in this film is the one between Alice and her mom. Her mom isn't abusive like the Red Queen, but simply has a different outlook on life than Alice's. Instead of hoping that her mom would "change," Alice instead could choose to just share in the things they both have in common, and leave the other matters alone. In other words, Alice could still have a good relationship with her mom, but a ***less close one*** than they might have wished for. Alice could still pursue her dreams while paying an occasional visit to her mom.

Lastly, I'd like to examine the Mad Hatter's comment that "you only get one" family in life.

This is just plain false.

What about all the people who grew up in an abusive family -- who fled when they were teenagers, and later developed a close family relationship with a close friend's family, or with that of a future spouse? One of the main reasons I loved Avatar, and Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland, is because of the inspirational theme of "flying away and finding one's place" in the world where you can be happy.

This theme was sorely missing from the 2016 version of Alice Through the Looking Glass.

All in all, this was a fun movie, but with a confusing and lackluster message.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 215 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed