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The Little Prince (2015) - Movie Review

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Fans of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 'The Little Prince' will be extremely disappointed if they are going in to this film expecting a direct adaptation of the classic story. The movie takes cues and a couple of hints from the source material, and that's really it. In fact, the movie isn't really about the little prince but a young girl who is confused choosing between joy and dream, which is already a big risk for the filmmakers' part. Saint-Exupéry's book is timeless in its own right, the holy grail of children literature, but thankfully this move didn't disappoint at all. 'The Little Prince', although going in i'm ready to nit-pick some book-to-film alterations, made me realize I don't actually need to compare the two but rather embrace the beauty of it.

The movie starts off where the original story began: the young aviator drawing a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Things are going really fine until it cuts to a mother-and-daughter preparing for a school interview. The two scenes aren't connected whatsoever, so the point remains unclear as to why the filmmakers decided to place these next to one another. The former wasn't even continued further on the story, so it ended up being unnecessary because the film wants you to focus more on this mother-daughter dynamic.
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To be honest, the movie is painfully cheesy and cliched at times but obviously one should not expect too much seriousness and logic in a kid's movie. The daughter only became likeable halfway through the movie, and the audience are unsure if whether or not her in-and-outs with her pilot friend is better than focusing on making her future more stable.

The entire third act also felt unnecessary although the script badly want it, and taken up too much time to get into the main point.
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But the movie's use of stop-motion and three-dimensional animation was spot-on, and some shots was atmospheric that it actually looks like it was pulled out of the drawings in the original book. The music by Hans Zimmer and co. was also terrific.
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There is so much to like and not like about 'The Little Prince' if you lived and breathe Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's story because of obvious changes. But seeing it as a fresh perspective to that material was a risky yet welcome move for the filmmakers, and it still retain it's essence and heart, which won me over.

The geek rates it 7.5/10!
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