From Wonderland To Destiny, Disney's New Alice
Start writing a post

From Wonderland To Destiny, Disney's New Alice

"It showed children that time can, in fact, be on their side."

From Wonderland To Destiny, Disney's New Alice

This past Monday night I went to the local Terrace Theater—full of vintage billboards of classic flicks—to see the reimagined, and not so classic, "Alice Through The Looking Glass". I couldn’t tell you what caused me to overcome my disdain for poorly plotted children’s movies with “highly-renowned” special effects, but I can tell you that I was grateful for the change. Entering that theater meant that I had begun a transitional journey to a land where eggs can talk and cats can fly—where virtually anything is possible. As psychedelic as it sounds, I found it to be rather grounding. What seeing this new set of visuals did for me—and every other child in the gallery—explained how to defy the impossible, especially among a dream’s many obstacles.

“Sometimes I think of six impossible things before I eat breakfast,” a daring Alice Kingsley tells the Mad Hatter in Disney’s "Alice In Wonderland" (2010). This attitude never left the—now 19-year-old-adventurer is seen sailing through treacherous seas in the beginning of "Alice Through The Looking Glass." We no longer see a dazed Alice with inquisitive tendencies. Instead, we see a grown up girl fulfilling dreams as she dares to do the impossible. Now a ship captain and world traveler, she heads back toward Wonderland to retouch the roots of her forgotten self-accomplishments. In Wonderland, she finds an ill Hatter and two time-controlling villains attempting to rewrite the past, present and future.

I was a little hesitant when I heard that Sacha Baron Cohen would be in a kid’s movie. It made me wonder whether Disney had lost all of its marbles or if the rest would soon spill out in the next hour and a half. In my opinion, Cohen did an adequate job in portraying “Time.” Unsurprisingly, he was the villain. Time was a pivotal role in the movie’s theme of fulfillment. He began the movie as Alice’s enemy, but then crossed over the line of good and evil to aid Alice in her deemed impossible mission. Cohen’s role not only helped the plot develop, but it helped the viewer evolve in his or her fantasy. It showed the young audience how to rearrange their obstacles into advantages. It showed children that time can, in fact, be on their side.

So now the lights have appeared and the credits roll out like the children leaving and laughing about their favorite part, in their now favorite movie. And I sit in the empty theater simply wondering: what did this movie do for me? My fingers brushed against my chin a mere thirty times before I could finally put my tongue on the words of this movie’s meaning. It was the villain and the sidekick; the equivocating force between my own childhood fantasy and a thing called destiny. It was time.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Freshly popped buttered popcorn in your lap and a glass full of crisp Coca-Cola is at your side. All the lights are turned off and you are tucked into a cozy blanket. You have the whole day off and no responsibilities besides refilling your popcorn bucket. Now all you have to do is decide on what movie to watch, but you know one movie will not fulfill your need of relaxing all day. A movie marathon is the only answer to your problem. In case you did not know what movie series to start with, try a few of these.

Keep Reading... Show less
A Touch Of Teal

It's the oldest story in the world: one day a new tv show comes on and you fall in love with each character and their story. In 2003, the show "One Tree Hill" was born and stole the hearts of fans of many ages. Torn between the sweet, underdog Lucas and tough, popular boy Nathan, people became hooked through the family and relationship drama the characters went through.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.


Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Keep Reading... Show less

"Keeping Up With The Kardashians" is coming to an end after 20 seasons of intense drama, family bonding, and Scott Disick. It's sad for some and a relief for others who find the show way overhyped.

Keep Reading... Show less

Starbucks is known for its infamous coffee and espresso drinks, but they're definitely isn't enough love shown for the non-coffee drinks. Being a barista myself, I've come to try all of the following drinks. And let me tell you…they're amazing. So if you aren't a huge fan of coffee or if you're just sick of the same old same old, here are some new drinks to keep your inner white girl alive and thriving.

SEE MORE: Starbucks Has Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cold Brew And OMG It Has Pink Foam

Keep Reading... Show less

What was usually buried at the bottom of my purse has now become a pocket essential — and I know I'm not alone in that.

It used to be something I'd use if I happened to be at a restaurant that ran out of soap in their bathroom, but now it's almost more essential to have on-hand at all times than my cell phone.

Keep Reading... Show less

The decision-makers of Yale's law students have invested in therapy dog sessions in order to reduce stress. In 2011, Yale Law Library had a sign-out sheet for their certified library dog. The 30-minute sessions were equipped with unconditional, stress-busting puppy love.

Law Librarian Blair Kauffman stated that the free, three-day pilot pet therapy program at Yale Law Library launched as "a positive addition to current services offered by the library."

Keep Reading... Show less

I have been working at Dunkin' Donuts for over two years, and during this time, I have progressed from regular crew member to crew coach, and finally, to shift leader. Among my great skills involving the job is my ability to deal with stressful situations, including awful customers. My boss has continuously pointed out the fact that I am able to handle these people with grace and kindness. She herself often finds that she gets snippy with rude customers, but somehow I am able to keep a straight face through these tough times.

Keep Reading... Show less

Let's be real here — sometimes essential oils and acknowledging all five senses (touch, see, hear, smell, taste) just don't cut it when you need to cope. It's those days when you have so much rage that you don't even know what to do with yourself, or those days when you physically cannot stop crying because of the most suffocating sadness, or all those other days when you are craving healthy coping mechanisms that actually work.

But before I let you in, we need to continue being real. I hope you are comforted with the knowledge that before I uncovered (or, even wanted to uncover) healthy mechanisms, I also went through my drought of horrible coping mechanisms. I have, and sometimes continue, to fall short of genuinely trying to help myself. It takes a lot of courage, and energy, to genuinely try and help yourself.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Win 'Clue' Every Time

The strategy that (kinda) never fails.


Who doesn't love a fun, classic game of "Clue"? Whether you're a seasoned professional or just think that Professor Plum is the philosophy prof in the building across campus, you may learn something from the following trial-and-error strategy that has taken years (read: a couple of games) to perfect. Instead of partaking in an argument about how Colonel Mustard's name is pronounced, start strategizing and don't let the die determine your fate!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments