Good observation! Although I must say that it just didn't ring true for me. I was just reading an article the other day where the other bemoaned how bad guys convert in the end and suddenly support the hero. Flip that around, the author said. If a good guy suddenly announced at the end of a movie that he felt like joining the villain, it just wouldn't ring true. I laughed, therefore, at the Big Reveal. I mean, this fellow prisoner of Cyrus has been presented to us as a kindly old man. Now, though, in the blink of an eye, we're supposed to believe he's evil like Jafar. Huh? I mean, if they had shown how he regretted his actions a la Alice's dad, that would have been one thing. But this complete turnaround just left me feeling cold.
Speaking of Alice's father, I don't really like that plot, either. Now, let me admit that I am completely biased. A dear relative of mine has a mental illness, so I have seen firsthand the devastating effects it can have on a family. Because of this, my sympathies are with Dad. I mean, his daughter continually runs away and then comes back babbling about some fantastical land where genies exist. Why in the heck would he not lock her up? He must have been imagining Lord-knows-what happening to her while she was away, so he wanted to protect her.
I do agree with Alice, though, that her father should have come to visit her. We visited my relative while he was in a care facility, and it meant the world to him. I can only imagine how hard that must have been on Alice to have her father desert her like that.