Saturday, December 19, 2015

Review: The Little Prince

“You are not at all like my rose,” he said. “As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox when I first knew him. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world.”

“You are beautiful, but you are empty,” (the Little Prince) went on.
(The Little Prince and wild roses, Saint-Exupery)

The movie is beautiful by itself, but it is empty. I do not feel attached to the movie as I attach to the book. While the movie addresses the issue about grown-ups as Saint-Exupery, it fails to maintain the satirical tone of the book. Probably what troubles me the most is the movie interpretation about resistance. The movie interprets resistance through the little girl's actions to break her schedule and to play with her neighbor despite her mother's warning. In the book, the Little Prince interprets resistance through disbelieving. There was no direct confrontation between the characters as appear in the movie. In a way, the book feels more like a Gandhi type of resistance while the movie feels more like a Hollywood type of war where everything needs to be explicit. I think the latter point is my other problem towards the movie. It does not allow me to have multiple interpretation.

If there is something I like about the movie is its soundtrack :)  

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