ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: An Emotional Review #ThroughTheLookingGlassEvent

Alice through the looking glass disney red carpet premiereWhen I talked about the red carpet premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass I mentioned that my family had gone through a major change that left us reeling.

The major thing that happened? My dad passed away suddenly earlier this month. He hadn’t been healthy in quite a long time, but his death and the way he died were unexpected. It’s only been a few weeks and, well, I’m dealing.

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I don’t know very much about grief and I’m lucky that I don’t have much experience with it. But one thing I do know is that the feelings following the death of someone we love are often unexpected, and there’s absolutely no way to plan for how we’ll feel when the time comes.

I honestly never thought I’d feel the need to run away like I did in the days following my dad’s death. But those feelings were there, and I’m so happy I had this Disney Alice Through the Looking Glass trip scheduled, that I could still go, and that my family still wanted me to go in the wake of our tragedy.

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I also didn’t expect to feel so much while watching Alice Through the Looking Glass. The plot of the movie is gripping and the special effects are incredible, but the underlying theme of time passing made me cry several times throughout the film and culminated with tears, lots of tears over one of the final scenes in the film.

The message of time, of not being able to change the past, is so powerful that I felt compelled to start writing down the best Alice Through the Looking Glass quotes about time.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass  Quotes About Time

Time is a thief and a villian. – Mrs. Kingsliegh

Time is against you. – Mrs. Kingsleigh

Young lady, your time is up. – Ascot Trading Company board member

Everyone parts with everything eventually. – Time

I suppose every second counts. – Alice

You cannot win in a race against time. – Time

Without the chronosphere time myself will perish. – Time

I hope you used your time well. – Time

Time is many things, but he is not money. Nor is he our enemy. – Alice

I used to think time was a thief. – Alice

Time is a gift. Every minute. Every second. – Alice

In the garden of memory, in the palace of dreams, that is where you and I shall meet. – The Mad Hatter

Even when all the Alice Through the Looking Glass quotes about time have been said, there’s so much more to this movie.

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A few interesting things to note:

  • The cast of Alice Through the Looking Glass is astounding. I’m still wondering how Johnny Depp and Sacha Baron Cohen exist so beautifully in a movie together!
  • I watched Disney’s Alice in Wonderland for the first time last week in preparation for this movie. I was entertained by the it, but I thought Alice Through the Looking Glass was better — more magical, more spectacular and more gripping — than the first.
  • If you’re wondering: Is Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass is a sequel to Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, my answer is: I’m not really sure. Alice Through the Looking Glass can stand on it’s own – it’s not necessary to see the first film to understand the second. But having the first film fresh in your memory would make viewing Alice Through the Looking Glass a richer experience.

Sequel or not, Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass is an amazing movie.  I’ve seen it twice, and I want to see it once more when I’m feeling less emotional so I can get a clearer take on the film.

Go see Alice Through the Looking Glass this weekend. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Read my exclusive Mia Wasikowska interview. She plays Alice in Alice Through the Looking Glass! Then see my entire experience on the red carpet of the Hollywood premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass!

Exclusive: Mia Wasikowska Interview from ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS #ThroughTheLookingGlassEvent

alice through the looking glass quotesThat quote, of course, is Mia Wasikowska talking about what makes Alice Kingsleigh of Alice Through the Looking Glass so special.  As it turns out, Mia Wasikowska is pretty special herself!Alice through the looking glass disney red carpet premiere

I had the opportunity to interview Wasikowska just hours before the Hollywood red carpet premiere of Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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With her Australian accent, delicate features and quiet demeanor it’s hard to describe her as anything but lovely. But I’d definitely add confident, successful and charming to everything Mia Wasikowska was during the interview!

 Mia Wasikowska Interview for Alice Through the Looking Glass

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What is your favorite part of Alice Through the Looking Glass?

I really like the scene when I see the Hatter in the marketplace. I think it’s so sweet. It has such an essence of the original book to it [Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll] with the whole abstract, bizarre nature of it.

Alice has changed a bit since Alice in Wonderland. How did it feel stepping back into the role with these changes, with the years that have passed?

It was great. I love alice and I like seeing her journey. I think in the first film she was still a little uncomfortable and trying to bridge the gap between knowing who she is on the inside and being able to be that on the outside. In Alice Through the Looking Glass she really has a strong sense of who she is. She manages to hold on to that sense of being worth more than what people want of her, which I think is really great and important for young girls and boys everywhere. 

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There are so many incredible quotes in Alice Through the Looking Glass. Is there one that resonated with you more than others?

There are so many, but I do like the message of time; how you can’t change the past but you can learn from it. I think really deeply understanding that is the best way to live your life and be in the moment. To not be fixated on trying to change something that’s already happened. 

You have lots of relationships with the other characters in the movie. Is there one that stood out more or one that was your favorite?

I do like the relationship with Alice and Time. I think Sacha plays a confident idiot very well. He’s like this old powerful loser in a way, and Alice is the only one that isn’t scared enough to call him out on how he doesn’t make sense. 

I also like that she has no fear in approaching anyone.

I also really like the scenes with The Hatter. When you’re filming a film like this and it’s green screen for five months, you spend a lot of time [alone]. The more enjoyable days was when it was those really lovely scenes between the two of us.

Alice is such a great role model for young girls and young women. Is there a particular message you’d like for girls to take away from Alice Through the Looking Glass?

Alice seems to have this innate sense of who she is. Even though she’s got all these challenges and people always questioning her, she manages to hold onto that strong sense of herself. She has a sense of not caring about what other people think.

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What was the last book you read? 

I’m reading If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, which is really good. I really love the Elena Ferrante series, the Neapolitan books. They’re great.

What was it like working with Johnny Depp and how was it different than the first time?

It was great. The main difference was just that I knew him before and with with all the cast, I had that level of familiarity with them and that was really nice. We all sort of knew each other and that always helps stepping into an [abstract] project like this.

[Johnny Depp] is such a wonderful person, a lovely, sensitive person and I love that he’s so creative. All his characters are very, very different but they’re also distinctly his own characters. You always know a Johnny Depp character. He’s great.

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What was it like working with Sacha Baron Cohen? 

I think there’s like a six hour version of the film because he improvises a lot and he’s quite ambitious about it. I’m not sure how he thought half of that was going to get in a Disney movie, if you’re at all familiar with his style [laughing]. It was very entertaining. Every day was something completely different. He’s very smart and really funny. 

Do you have a mentor or someone who inspires you? 

I have lovely friends, and I’ve been super lucky to work with really wonderful people in the film world. 

I also make sure I keep connections with people in my life who’ve known me for a long time. That’s really important. My grandma, my mom and my older sister are really important to me. 

In the film business there are so many wonderful people like Julianne Moore is such a brilliant actress. She’s done so well at doing really interesting films and also having a great home life. 

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There’s a lot of Mia Wasikowska in her character in Alice Through the Looking Glass. It  was fantastic meeting her and seeing everything inside of her that made her Alice!

Read all about my experience at the red carpet premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass opens in theaters everywhere on May 27. Get your tickets today!

The Red Carpet Premiere of ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS #ThroughTheLookingGlassEvent

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A few weeks ago I received one of those one-in-a-lifetime emails: the invitation to attend the red carpet Hollywood premiere of Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass!

In the time between receiving the invite and actually flying to Los Angeles my family has gone through an unexpected and major change that left all of us reeling. That change made me want to do two very different things: hold my family close and escape to a Disney happy place to take my mind off everything happening at home.

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On top of a Disney movie premiere waiting for me in LA, there was something else I really needed: the open arms of some of my best friends who would also be on the trip.

I can’t explain how grateful I am that my husband insisted that I still go and how thankful I am that my mom made it possible by watching Haiden and Piper.

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I don’t think there’s a movie that spells out “escape from reality” more than Alice Through the Looking Glass, and the Wonderland theme of the movie premiere couldn’t have been more perfect.

From the moment I was able to even look at the red carpet set up on Hollywood Boulevard it was clear that this was going to be a special event:

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But the experience was taken to an entirely different level when we were led to the very front row to watch Pink perform two songs from the Alice Through the Looking Glass soundtrack!

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Follow Me to to a Disney Red Carpet Premiere and Zootopia Press Day! #ThroughTheLookingGlassEvent #ZootopiaBluray

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A few weeks ago I received one of those email messages that makes me jump up and down:

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After I finished doing this to my husband:

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I visited my parents and did one of these (because I can’t go anywhere unless we have help with our kids):

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Thankfully they agreed, so I went back to my happy dancing and started planning a trip to Los Angeles!

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Next week I’ll be joining 24 other influential mom bloggers on a whirlwind trip to LA for two super exciting events. Here’s what I’ll be doing:

  • Walking the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass (in theaters everywhere on May 27, 2016)
  • Interviewing talent from Alice Through The Looking Glass. I can’t even share who I’ll be interviewing because I don’t know!
  • Participating in Press Day for the in-home release of Disney’s Zootopia  (the Blu-ray/DVD is available for preorder now and it will be released on June 7, 2016).
  • Visiting Disney Animation Studios to try doing my own voice acting for Zootopia!

You can follow along on my adventure if you search any social media channel for these hashtags:

  • #ThroughTheLookingGlassEvent
  • #ZootopiaBluray

Make sure you’re following me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to stay on top of the event, and make sure you check out all the Alice Through The Looking Glass details below!

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Captain America: Civil War – A Parent’s Review

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Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity.

But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team.

The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Note: like every other movie review here, this parent’s review of Captain America: Civil War is spoiler free! Don’t worry about learning anything you don’t want to know before seeing the movie. I promise I won’t spoil it for you!

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Captain America: Civil War – Parent’s Review

As a parent watching Captain America: Civil War with my 12 year-old daughter, I appreciated how much depth there was to all the characters. While I love the action in action movies, I think getting to know the characters is much more important and helps me feel invested in the story.

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If you’re not familiar with the other Avengers movies, you might need some quick introductions to recent characters that make an appearance in this movie.  Ant-Man is a new hero to the Avengers team.  He has the ability to make himself very tiny and he has super-human strength. It’s great to see Ant-Man and his buddy Falcon show up to help the team.

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Sebastian Stan returns as Winter Soldier from the previous movie Captain America: Winter SoldierAs expected, his character adds a bit of uneasiness to the story, which keeps you guessing.

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Another new and interesting superhero is Vision.  He was introduced to the Avengers team from Avengers: Age of Ultron.  It was interesting to see and learn more about Vision and his background as we watched the movie.

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One scene in the movie that is a lot of fun is when the superheroes are introduced to Spider-Man.  Tony Stark (Iron Man) has an affectionate nickname for Spider-Man that the entire audience enjoyed, and it really adds a great level of humor to the movie!

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It’s no secret that the heroes end up pitted against each other in Captain America: Civil War. As a parent, I really appreciated the good values and messages underlying the movie, even though my favorite characters were at odds.

Captain America: Civil War has a lot of high-energy action.  As I stated before, I brought my 12-year-old  daughter to see it with me.  She said she enjoyed the movie, but it was a little confusing at times. I really couldn’t blame her!

As an adult, I had to dig into my memory to recall references to the past movies in The Avengers franchise! That, combined with the fast pace of the movie, made me feel like I should have watched at least a few of those movies just one more time before the screening. I definitely should have had my daughter watch them!

If you haven’t seen the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War you need to right now! Check it out here:

Captain America: Civil War is in theaters everywhere today! Get your tickets now!