Although I did watch the previous movie, Alice in Wonderland, I did not read the original book, nor know much about the origin and context behind it.
I have always wondered if Wonderland actually existed in the story or that Alice had an imagination so wild and vivid that it bordered on insanity. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this movie. It was filled with colourful and crazy characters that made it fun to watch. I found myself giggling and smiling at how adorable some of the characters were (like the metal robots representing seconds or the young cheshire cat). Alice seemed to get pulled into Wonderland everytime she faces an emotional obstacle in her real life. This time as soon as she got into that conflict with her mother, she got pulled through the looking glass, and the problem she had to deal with in Wonderland was connected to the issue in her reality.
In real life, she was struggling with letting go of her late father. She felt the strong need to keep the items that belonged to her father because it felt like the only connection left of him. Maybe that showed that she never really got to move on from her loss and as a result it might have affected her relationship with her mother. She compared both her parents, showing her thoughts that she felt that her father understood her way better than her mother ever could, and in that sense he was the parent she liked more. In Wonderland, the Mad Hatter was struggling with the loss of his family and it drove him mad(der). Although his family did turn out to be alive in the end, he taught Alice the importance of family, and in this case of her mother.
“I used to think time was a thief. But you give before you take. Time is a gift. Every minute. Every second.” – Alice
This allowed her to overcome her resentment and indignation over the loss of her father, and instead enabled her to appreciate the memories of her father.
I liked how Alice developed in her own way through these crazy and whimsical adventures. Alice in Wonderland is unique and different from other tales. I like how people of all ages can enjoy this movie, because the morals and meanings you gain from this movie is vastly different when you watch it as a child compared to as an adult, showing how crucial perspective is. Unlike fairytale movies for children, there was a thinner line separating the good and bad within each character in this story.