Six years after Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland dazzled audiences, Alice slips through a magical mirror and finds herself back in Underland on an entirely new adventure in Alice Through the Looking Glass. In a film that is full of our favorite mystical friends including Tweedledee and Tweedledum and the Cheshire Cat, this time Alice is on a quest to save her friend The Mad Hatter, before time literally runs out. Despite the fast paced story-line and whimsically gorgeous look of the film, it is Mia Wasikowska‘s Alice that shines bright in this film. Here are 5 times Alice was a feminist icon in Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.
1. When She Didn’t Let Gender Norms Define Her Dreams
After turning down a marriage proposal from an obnoxious man, Alice set out to see the world by becoming the Captain of her father’s ship, The Wonder. She even had an iconic outfit to go with her new gig. Alice proved that marriage doesn’t necessary have to be a goal or aspiration if you don’t want it to be.
2. Speaking Of Outfits, Alice Wore What Made Her Happy
Though her choice of dress didn’t exactly fit in with the fashions of the day, Alice wasn’t to be deterred. Instead, she showed up to a formal event wearing exactly what made her happy, no matter what people said about her.
3. She Never Let Fear Cripple Her
A lot of us refrain from doing thing we want to do, because we are scared of the consequences. However, no matter how massive the task was in front of her, or how harrowing and terrifying Time’s castle appear, Alice pressed forward determined to save her friend.
4. Alice Has Always Been Down To Do The Impossible
Alice’s willingness to always go above and beyond is why The Mad Hatter entrusted her with the hardest task she has ever had to embark on. In Alice Through the Looking Glass, Alice learns that, “The only things that are worth doing, are what you do for others.”
5. She Always Learns Something About Herself From Her Various Adventures
If you don’t learn anything about yourself as you navigate your way through life, then what’s the point of it all? Alice learns a very valuable lesson in Alice Through the Looking Glass. She learns, “You cannot change the past, but you can learn something from it.”
Alice Through the Looking Glass hits theaters Friday, May 27, 2016!