Have you seen the Movie? if you haven’t, you may try seeing it after reading this post.
This post is actually not a review of the movie. But rather the lessons I grabbed from one or more scenes in the movie.
Among Instructive/educational tapes and books, movies are one source from which I learn life principles, pick out ideas and improve some of my life concepts. Am trying to re-watch most movies that I have watched in the past years. But this time, am trying to figure out what lessons the movies are trying to pass out. Am watching now to learn not really to be entertained.
A few days ago I finished watching the movie “Alice Through The Looking Glass”. that wasn’t the first time I have watched the movie. But I was astonished by the lessons I picked out from it. What happened the first time I watched? Why didn’t I observe those lessons? I’m still wondering. Maybe then I was watching to be entertained.
Ok, Here are lessons I learnt from the movie. The descriptions and interpretations might not be the same as it was in the movie, but I pray you get my point.
1) We are the master of our own life.
In the first scene of the movies, Alice and her crew were in danger, they were chased by pirates. They also have the storm, and the obstacle of either rock or an iceberg that is in the middle of the sea to deal with. They have two options, to surrender to the pirates or take the risk and navigate through the obstacles with the storm. One of the crew members said it’s impossible, Alice being the captain commanded them to pull the stunt.
“We are the captain of our own ship no one will make the decisions for us, especially the difficult one, but we should also know that our outcome will always be determined by the decisions we make, results is also ours to enjoy. Cause and effects are everywhere obtained”.
2) Achieving Impossible Things = believe that impossible is possible
They survived, and what Alice could say about the whole drama is that “the only way to achieve impossible is to believe that it’s possible” what a miracle. Their odds of surviving was low. They had three obstacles to surmount within a short period of time. They had to escape from the pirates, they had to navigate through obstacles and storms. The most dangerous decision was to make a shape turn within those obstacles and which with the storm can cause the ship to capsize. That was actually what one of the crew members said it’s impossible to do and Alice said command them to do it. They almost crashed into the obstacles, the ship almost capsized but Alice climbed up something, (I don’t know what it’s called, it’s an old kind of ship, the scene of the movie was of the early 20th century) she drew out her sword and cut a rope luckily the ship gradually gained its balance. And she made that remark ” the only way to achieve impossible is to believe it’s possible”.
“With that left part of our brain always trying to protect us, most times we focus on what if it doesn’t work and forget about what if it works”.
3) If you can conceive it, you can achieve it
Trying to escape, she went through a looking glass and found herself in another world. Don’t ask me what she was running from when you watch the movie you will know. (That is probably where the title came from).
But she was familiar with the environment, some talking animals and humans there knew her. She was even a friend to some of them. She came at the right time his friend by the name Arthur is depressed, he found a hat he made when he was a little boy, which he showed to his father, his father criticized it and threw it into a dustbin. After that, something happened which lead him to angrily left his family and went to live in another city. A great disaster struck and destroyed the whole kingdom. It was assumed that everyone died. But after several years, he found that same hat, the first hat he made that he showed to his father many years ago. He wasn’t expecting to ever see it again. That made him believed that his family is still alive. Saying and believing so made his friends think he is stupid and insane. But he can feel it, he just needs someone to believe him. And here is Alice his friends, but his story also made Alice think the way others thought of him, stupid and sick.
Guess what he was right, later in the movie it was discovered that his family was held captive somewhere.
“Don’t let peoples disbelief discourage you from believing in the vision you have conceived”.
4) A good friend is someone who cares about you.
Despite disbelieving him, Alice was worried, her friend might kill himself, he isolated himself from others, he no longer plays as he uses to. What can we do to help him? Asked Alice. The princess who is also a friend to Arthur suggest “there’s a way you can go back in time, maybe if you can change the event in the past you can prevent Arthur family from dying from that disaster” Alice was the only one suitable to go back through the time because no one is supposed to see his or her past in the past. If that happens, the past, present and the future will be destroyed. Since she is not from that world she is suitable for the journey.
“She did it. She did it because she cares for her friend, even though she did not believe in his story, she did something to help”.
5) You can’t change the past but you can learn from it.
That was what TIME told Alice, she needed something, I can’t remember the real name, but a precious kind of object from TIME that will enable her travel back in time to change the event that destroyed Arthur’s family (TIME is the timekeeper of that world) TIME told her it’s a dangerous thing to do and also she can’t change the past but she can learn from it. But she insisted. She stole the object and went on the journey. She tried in several cases to change the past but she couldn’t. Time was right, “we can’t change the past but we can always learn from it)
But she really learnt from the past. She learnt that Arthur’s father loved him. When Arthur left the room that day he presented his hat to his father, his father went back and picked the hat from the dustbin cherished it, and safely kept it. That was against what Arthur believed, he thought his father hate it, he thought he failed.
Alice also learnt that Arthur’s family didn’t die during that event which destroyed the whole kingdom. She discovered that they were kidnapped.
“Many times we beat our self up, wishing we can go back in the past and correct our mistakes. That might not be possible. But we can always learn from the past and do things right in the present so that the future will be regret-free”.
These are not all you will get from the movie, but the movie thought me many lessons about life the way I have never studied them. I recommend you to go watch it.