A few weeks ago I received one of the most exciting emails of my life: an invitation from Disney to attend the European premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass! I couldn't quite believe it, and after several 'Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god's and lots of jumping up and down, I promptly RSVP'd.
Tuesday 10th May came round quickly and after a slight panic over what to wear, I headed down to London. Leicester Square had been transformed into an Alice Through the Looking Glass feast for the eyes - there were clocks hanging down from the trees, mirrors galore, giant toadstools and even flamingo topiary! As I headed onto the blue carpet, it was definitely a 'pinch me' moment to be just metres away from the stars (I was walking the carpet when Sasha Baron Cohen was being interviewed live), and to see the whole buzz around the film was amazing.
I got a chance to take a few snaps whilst on the carpet, but mostly got swept away in the excitement and soon it was time to enter the cinema and be seated to watch the film. The Odeon in Leicester Square is seriously impressive - the room they use for film premieres is so grand it's like being at the theatre, with the film stars and important people sitting at the top, whilst everyone else was seated on the stalls below. We found our (leopard print - very snazzy) seats, with popcorn ready and waiting for us, and settled down ready for the film to kick off.
Before it started, the directors and cast of the film did their introductions - this was totally my highlight of the evening as I got to see my beloved Johnny Depp in the flesh. It was so bizarre to think I was in the same room as one of my favourite actors, a man I've grown up watching and absolutely love. He was joined by Tim Burton, another person I was so excited to get the chance to be in the presence of, Sasha Baron Cohen, Mia Wasikowska, Andrew Scott, and the writers of the film.
Once the cast had headed off to take their seats, we donned our 3D glasses and sat back to watch the movie. As expected, it was a fantastic film that totally transported you to another world, with all your favourite characters, along with some new faces. Obviously Johnny Depp was amazing as the Mad Hatter (as always), but I was particularly impressed with Sasha Baron Cohen, who played the role of 'Time' tremendously well. You also got a chance to see the Red Queen and the White Queen's back story, which was really interesting. The film also features the voice of Alan Rickman as the caterpillar, which was definitely a bit emotional to watch!
Overall the film was incredible and I totally recommend you go and see it. I want to thank Disney so, SO much for inviting me to the premiere - I had such an amazing time!