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Alice Through the Looking Glass

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WhereTheFuckIsWonderWoman Sat 04-Jun-16 09:24:38

DD's friend's mum has offered to take DD to the cinema tomorrow and has suggested Alice Through the Looking Glass. DD and her friend are both six. Her friend watches an awful lot of films including, I believe some quite grown up/scary ones. DD's exposure to films has been minimal and she scares easily (really didn't like Brave and has been known to have nightmares about goblins from bedtime stories)

The imdb website doesn't give much away other than to say that it's "PG for thematic elements and sequences of fantasy action violence, including scary images." DD's not having any of it though and is determined to see it. She loves Alice in Wonderland having seen the year 6 production at my school last year and wants to see what happens next. I've shown her the trailer in a bid to put her off but she really wants to see it, despite all the very scary looking stuff we've seen already.

So, finally getting to the point: has your six year old seen it? And, more to the point, has your slightly fearful six year old seen it and been ok? Ordinarily I'd want to watch something like this with her at home on dvd so we can turn it off if it's too much, but I just know she'll want her friend and friend's mum to think she's ok and enjoying it.

She's currently sulking in her bedroom because I've said I don't want her to go. Am I being precious?

simplydivine05 Sat 04-Jun-16 09:29:57

My 8 year old and friend saw it earlier in the week. They both concluded it was a bit scary and they don't scare easily. It's very dark in a lot of places and I would probably say don't let a 6 year old go if they didn't like Brave as it is much darker. Another girl that I know from school was there (also 8) and she cried during Hotel Transylvania 2 so I was surprised to see her. She got through it without any tears, but wasn't with her mum iyswim.

WhereTheFuckIsWonderWoman Sat 04-Jun-16 09:31:50

Thank you, you've pretty much confirmed what I've been thinking.

Tate15 Sat 04-Jun-16 09:35:09

I think exposing her to more fantasy films is a good idea but if she is with another parent it could go two ways, she may be less upset because she doesn't want to show her feelings in front of her friend and the mum or she may be more upset because you aren't there.

I'd be inclined to let her go but perhaps find a dealer on YouTube and have a talk with her that some imagery may be dark but that it is only a film.

You could always make a home video with her using your phone and her dolls or toy figures to help her understand that a film is just fantasy.

Tate15 Sat 04-Jun-16 09:35:46

Trailer not dealer

nuttymango Sat 04-Jun-16 09:37:14

We haven't seen it but having seen Alice in Wonderland I wouldn't be rushing to take a 6 year old.

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 04-Jun-16 09:40:44

My nearly 8 DS had his shirt handy to put over his eyes, although he was enthralled

misspym Sat 04-Jun-16 09:41:08

is this any help?

Nabootique Sat 04-Jun-16 09:42:47

Mine is six. She was fine, and she can sometimes be a bit babyish with films.

bookbuddy Sat 04-Jun-16 10:03:12

I took DDs this week one 10 the other is 4 neither one was scared both loved it and are still going on about it.

SoupDragon Sat 04-Jun-16 10:12:52

I saw this a couple of days ago with DD who is 10.

I think the only really scary thing was the flashback to the Jabberwocky attack. Perhaps the chase sequences are scary from a "perilous" point of view and there other scenes of peril but I don't think there was a lot of traditionally "scary" stuff. I didn't really get a particularly dark feeling from it.

It was totally bonkers though. I enjoyed it.

exexpat Sat 04-Jun-16 10:14:40

If she 'wants to see what happens next' after seeing a stage production of Alice in Wonderland, this film of Through the Looking Glass is not going to be much help - it is a long, long way from the original books. I'd say it's more of a Tim Burton/Johnny Depp psychedelic steampunk adventure loosely based on some Lewis Carroll characters

In your shoes, I would buy the book and read it to her, or find a more traditional film or stage version to show her. Maybe this one, which sounds fairly close to the original?

CatThiefkeith Sat 04-Jun-16 10:16:53

Dsis took my dd to see it this week. Dd is 5 and loved it, although apparently she cried because it was really sad in one part.

Maybe I need a little chat with my sister about appropriate films after this thread.

exexpat Sat 04-Jun-16 10:22:43

Plot summary of the original book v plot summary of the film. Very little in common with each other.

The film is not bad, as Tim Burton films go, but DD didn't think it was a patch on the first one.

AndNowItsSeven Sat 04-Jun-16 10:24:12

I took my sensitive five year old dd to see it this week, she loved it. It's less dark than the first film.

AndNowItsSeven Sat 04-Jun-16 10:24:37

It's not Tim Burton it's the guy who did the muppet films.

itshappenedagain Sat 04-Jun-16 10:27:45

I took my ds9 and dd6 to see it on Wednesday. Dd liked it,it's not scary but you need to follow it. Both of mine said they liked it...I preferred jungle book!

exexpat Sat 04-Jun-16 10:27:56

AndNow - isn't it? Oops. I suppose I just saw Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter and assumed it must be...

SoupDragon Sat 04-Jun-16 10:27:59

Did anyone else find Time strangely attractive....?

AndNowItsSeven Sat 04-Jun-16 10:28:23

The plot of the book is much better feel conned now.

exexpat Sat 04-Jun-16 10:28:49

Just checked - produced by Tim Burton, directed by the other guy.

SoupDragon Sat 04-Jun-16 10:29:24

Alice in Wonderland was Tim Burton.

AndNowItsSeven Sat 04-Jun-16 10:29:50

Tim Burton was one of the producers Bobin was the director. So influenced by Burton but not as dark.

AndNowItsSeven Sat 04-Jun-16 10:30:13

X post smile

dearlybeloved Sat 04-Jun-16 10:32:33

It' so just a bit morbid and dark and not that cheery for younger children. My 10 year old thought it was fantastic though.

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