5 things I learned from Alice Through The Looking Glass

  1. When you’re good at what you do, don’t let others dictate how you do it

1446746131331It’s interesting how they played the theme of mirrors through the movie, forcing Alice to look at herself, really look at herself.

She’s an awesome captain of a ship and she isn’t built to do secretarial work at a lowest level in a company. When her mother forces her to sell the ship to cover the deed of the house, it’s like cutting off the wings of a butterfly. A very colourful one. Just because the norm back then was with no wings and no colour.

2. If you want to stand out, do it in style.

Mia Wasikowska is Alice in Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Mia Wasikowska is Alice in Alice Through the Looking Glass.

Not once, but twice, I went out in the world dressed like a very vivid parrot. If you do it, you have to totally own it. “If it’s good enough for the dowager empress of China, why would it not be good enough for the Ascott?”. Valid question. Head up high and ignore the ignoramus.

3. When a friend needs to believe him, do it.


Many friendships have been lost because at a critical point, one wasn’t listening well enough to what the other was saying. Keep your ears open and your heart full of love of others.

Hat is my truest friend

Note: have a good bullshit detector.

4. A bit of hurt and truth early on can prevent a lot of grief in the future.


Because of one tiny lie, a series of events unfold that lead to wars, deaths, and a great tear between sisters. As well as in other aspects in life, if you did something wrong, don’t blame it on someone else, take responsibility and work to minimize the damage done.

5. Time is a sea.

Fluid, never stopping, in a storm of memories and people’s moments. I loved that they used a time machine very similar to the one from the 2000 movie – The time machine. And the master of time knew his stuff quite well (Sasha Baron from Bruno & Ali G), he is a half man, half clock (with a man bun!), is like some mechanical version of The Grim Reaper.


“you can’t the change the past—but you can learn from it.”

Don’t let it tell you where to go but what you can do and you can see clearly what is important. Spend your time well, before it runs out and make it count not by the moments but by the people around you.



When Baron Cohen’s Time stops by the Mad Hatter’s tea party to wait for Alice, puns about time run rampant. It’s the kind of wordplay Carroll would have loved. As he lays across Cohen’s head, the Cheshire Cat (voiced by Stephen Fry) proclaims, “I’m on Time.” As Depp places Cohen’s hand over his own he announces, “I’ve got Time on my hands,” and the dormouse and rabbit get in on the act too with quips like, “Time is on my side,” “See Time Fly,” “Time heals all wounds” … you get the idea.

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