Last night I was able to attend an early screening of Alice Through the Looking Glass with my family. Folks, it is visually amazing!
I’m kind of BONKERS for Alice… Avril Lavigne’s ‘Alice’ song has been my ringtone ever since Alice in Wonderland came out. My daughter, Coral, used to perform this song in front of family members every chance she had.
In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.
Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out.
“All will become clear in the fullness of time…” – Absolem
This Friday, it’s TIME again for us to experience the WONDERment.
And by time, I mean we get to meet Time, a new character… and boy is he complex. Gunnar’s favorite scene involves him and ‘Tea TIME’. I had to remind the littles not to give anything away at school today. Along with Time, you also will get to meet Time’s mechanical friends and the Hightopps, the Mad Hatter’s family (oh, the red hair cuteness)!
“Everyone parts with everything eventually, my dear.” – TIME
So I didn’t watch Alice in Wonderland again right before this screening (normally we do that to UP the excitement factor). Life has been crazy so we didn’t have TIME (oh how I love puns). I recommend watching it this week before you go see Alice Through The Looking Glass on Friday…
I think it would be a nice way to sail into the new film.
Alice Through The Looking Glass is another beautiful Disney movie that empowers women and the belief that one must believe in being true and believing in the POSSIBLE. We see family history, the dynamics of family, as well as friendship and the bonds we make and what great lengths we will go to for them.
As Alice says, “the only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it’s possible.”
What’s the matter Hatter?
We also are reminded, like in the first film, of the “muchness” factor and how sometimes that can be lost; how sometimes certain people, whether it is family, friends, or friends that you consider family, can help you find your muchness again; that if you’re not yourself anymore or not your “Hatter-ish” self that you don’t give up because you might have an Alice in your life that can help you find your muchness again.
“I’d know you anywhere. You’re Alice!” – Mad Hatter
We all have a true voice inside, but sometimes we are conditioned to not consider all of the possibilities. Believe it is possible and seek answers. Find your muchness. The time is now. Time is a gift. Our littles talked about what they learned from the movie after: Coral said to not live in the past, the time is now. Gunnar said time is real and invisible.
“I see that you give before you take”
“Time is a gift, the only thing worth doing is what we do for others.” – Alice
We have all heard it’s best not to dwell on the past, the time is now. This movie is a good reminder though to let us know that it’s okay to look in our past and to learn from it. It’s never too late to right a wrong. An apology can go a long way. Sometimes that can mend a bond.
So What’s the Matter with Hatter matters as much as I’m sorry and I love you when finding your muchness
Can your little Wilderness Explorers see this movie?
As you know, we chose not to preview this movie before taking our littles. Yes, the first movie was a bit much with some of the scenes BUT our littles are obsessed with Alice in Wonderland so we figured they would be okay with it. (And, we are always prepared to take a little out of the theater if need be.) So, is Alice Through The Looking Glass okay for littles? Yes-ish, but not too little. About an hour into the film it does get a bit intense. You will relive some
scenes from the previous film. Our boy was getting quite nervous and needed my hand. Coral said she was really nervous at that point too. If your littles were able to view the first film then in my opinion, I think they can handle this one.
I give Alice Through The Looking Glass
5 out of 5 Balloons
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