The Little Prince (2015) – Growing Up Isn’t the Problem

I read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince” a while ago as one of the college references. It’s one of the most beautiful novels with the finest philosophical spices. And now, here is Mark Osborne’s “The Little Prince”, an imagination philosophy movie about adults and children. Osborne, if you don’t know, once directed one of the animated films titled “Kung Fu Panda”. It’s another one of a great family movie. On the other hand, “The Little Prince” brings us back into such a different world. We see this world in the bodies of adults as children should. However, children are more broad-minded than adults. The only way an adult needs to be is to become an adult, think critically, and think realistically.

A scolding for adults when they try to seize and kill creativity and art. Unlike the novel, the movie takes on Mackenzie Foy’s point of view as the little girl who just got to know the world of adults. Rachel McAdams as the mother raised her with discipline. A huge schedule in front of her. Everything is arranged starting from eating, studying, getting up in the morning, going to school, and so on. There was no time for playing at such an age. Not to mention, Werth Academy is a prestigious university. The residence complex is all the same. So are adults. They are like a World-controlled NPC.

Unlike the little girl with her mother, Jeff Bridges as the aviator is an old man who views the world from another perspective. It makes the little girl very curious. What happened behind that old man’s house? Why are there so many tall grasses? And most strangely, why are his view of the world so cynical? The aviator gave a unique goodnight tale to the little girl. If you read the novel, this is the adventure and what “The Little Prince” is.

The story begins when he was stranded in the Sahara desert. When trying to repair his damaged plane, the little prince arrived. Strangely, the little prince is not another lost figure in a desert. In fact, the little prince approaches the aviator and asks him to draw a sheep. The little prince is not from Earth but lives on an asteroid. The little prince asked: “why are adults weird?” The same questions and statements were almost asked when the aviator was a child. He drew a snake that ate an elephant. The aviator asks adults: “Are you afraid of the picture of this snake?” Then, adults replied: “Why should you be afraid of a hat?” They continued: “Do things that are important rather than drawing. You can learn about science, grammar, mathematics, or whatever it is so that you would be more useful in the future.”

Just like the animation which distinguishes two worlds of adults and children. The present time represents mainstream 3D animation that is not “aesthetic” while the little prince’s animation is seamlessly combined with a stop motion animation. The impression is more imaginative than 3D animation. It’s a boundary that distinguishes between pure and less-superficial. There is gray and there are colors. A film that explores what love is. In addition, this is also like a message from adult introspection. The little prince eventually fell in love with the rose he flushed. However, they were ashamed to like each other. They cannot express it because they are not yet an adult. On another adventure, the little Prince meets the fox, the magician, the businessman, and the king.

The voice acting is spectacular. There is Rachel McAdams as the mother and Mackenzie Foy as the little girl with a fabulous performance. Jeff Bridges as the aviator is really great. Marion Cotillard as the rose, Riley Osborne as the little prince, James Franco as the Fox, and Benicio Del Toro as the snake. In addition to such aspects, “The Little Prince” is actually very difficult to say either as children’s stories or bedtime stories. Moreover, adults seem difficult to understand the film itself. This film more precisely refers to the views of adults. Just like the little girl as our perspective or the aviator as its reflection of modern thought. However, it is also difficult for this film to try to draw its demographics to children and adults. The novel is great but the movie really didn’t work for me.

Yes, I know. We all grew up. But what distinguishes being an adult or growing up as an adult? It’s just about numbers or values. If there is no benefit, then throw it away. Apparently, this philosophy continues to swirl and point out who is actually wrong or right. Are you really happy or sad? “The Little Prince” explores two boundaries of the views of adults and children to a more complex essence. An experience and story that is captivating, flicking, but important to learn. And yes, when I say the movie is good, read the book too.

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Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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