Welcome back to the Watchlist. Where I finally watch the messy sock drawer that is my Netflix Watchlist, because if I don’t watch it then Who Watches The Netflix Watchlist?
This Week: The Little Prince.
This movie hit me right in the heart-cicle. I’m disappointed in myself that I hadn’t interacted with the story before this. One time I almost bought an overpriced, but totally gorgeous, twee pop-up book version of it at Anthropologie, but I wanted to buy another pretzel, so it stayed on the shelf. I’m so glad it found me on Netflix though. It made me feel ways good movies should make you feel. I’m beating around the bush. This movie made me cry like I just stubbed my toe on a box of feels.
List Of Movies Kevin Has Cried In (Because he has an issue with accepting and recognizing his emotions and not because he thinks it’s cool)
1. The First Hunger Games
2. Billy Elliot
3. The Little Prince
The premise is a little girl and her mom are trying to get into the best elementary school, so she can get into the best middle school, so she can get into the best college and then get into the best career in the world, and her life will be perfect. The mom has it all planned.
But the little girl, rightfully, has a panic attack during the school interview and they have to move (“Plan B is now Plan A”). They move in next to a kooky old man (Jeff Bridges), who has a plane in his yard. Soon the little girl and him become friends and he tells her the story of the Little Prince.
The little girl become more of a child and enjoys life, instead of studying as her mom prescribed her. Until the old man tells the little girl that the Little Prince dies. She feels betrayed. This is where the story of the Little Prince, and the movie The Little Prince merge into a modern fable that puts into action the beautiful truths of The Little Prince. The little girl goes to meet the little Prince after the old man is rushed to the hospital. She flies his plane to an adult world that is The Little Prince if it was set in the corporate world. The King pushes the elevator buttons, the Concited man is a police officer, and there is a board that turns the Little Prince into Mr. Prince. Eventually she takes Mr. Prince back to his rose, and she returns home to the old man. She takes with her the lesson on how to be a good adult. How to not forget that she was a child, and the most important lesson: “it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
She returns to the old man and speaks the other truth this movie teaches.
The lessons learned from the Little Prince makes Mom reasses her own actions. Through the Little Prince, Mom (who has always meant well and the movie always shows that) sees the importance of allowing her child to be a child.
This movie is necessary viewing. It’s gorgeous viewing, as well. The delicate paper-machie animation of the story of the Little Prince, and the now traditional Pixar-esque animation of the little girls story, visually create a melding of the old and the new that will make this movie a classic for years to come.
Submitted by Kevin Cucolo