I’ll begin by saying that Alice in Wonderland makes me just crazy! The nonsense is so…nonsensical! I’ve never loved the book. I’ve never liked watching Disney’s animated Alice in Wonderland movie. My daughter tried to get me to like Alice, the mini series from 2009, but I RAPIDLY abandoned that. I *did* kind of enjoy Disney’s live action Alice in Wonderland, the one with Johnny Depp.
I really, REALLY enjoyed Disney’s new, live action Alice Through the Looking Glass!
I rather reluctantly went to see it with my husband and daughter as a special treat for her. She’s a huge Alice fan. LOVES all the nonsense. *sigh* So like a good mom does sometimes, I went along to see the movie and just hoped I didn’t hate it. I didn’t.
Here’s what I liked about it:
- It actually made some sense. That most likely means it was NOTHING like the book, but I’m okay with that in this case.
- Since I am a daughter and I have a mother I could (at least somewhat) relate to Alice’s frustration with her mom. We’ve all been there. Mom knows nothing. She just doesn’t understand.
- Since I am a mom and I have a daughter I could (at least somewhat) relate to Alice’s mom’s frustration with Alice. Would you just listen to me for once? I might just know more than you about something. I really DO care. Truly.
- I know the joy of seeing (slightly crazy) old friends again, and it was a delight to see Alice reunited with hers.
- The costumes! Oh my word!
- Sacha Baron Cohen NAILED his Time character. I’m not a huge fan of Mr. Cohen, but I DID enjoy him in this role. He had some really funny moments, and his German accent and mispronunciations made me giggle repeatedly! (We lived in Germany for 10 years! Did you know that?)
- Johnny Depp.
And most importantly:
- Friends matter. Deeply. We listen to them, and we help them, even if it means going out of our way to do so.
- Family matters. Deeply. Our parents deserve our respect, and we need to honor them. We should choose to love them and demonstrate that.
- Family matters. Deeply. We need to love our siblings too.
- Honesty matters. Lies have consequences. Sometimes very big consequences.
- We can’t change the past, but we CAN learn from it.
- “Every day is a gift, every hour, every minute.”
I think I may need to go back and see this movie again! Have you seen it? What did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know!