Hello friends! Well, here we are at the end of October! It’s like I don’t even know where it went, but what better way to end the blogging month than with a discussion of The Little Princess: Movie Edition (We watched the 2005 version)? Wesley’s awesome thoughts are italicized.
I need to come clean – I am one of those who can get rather feisty when folks decide to up and change all kinds of things from books I love. So I’ll start with mentioning just a handful and then I promise to wash my hands of it.
Things Jamie really did not like:
- New York? Ummm..try LONDON
- War? Yeah nope.
- The Dad? Yeah, he dies, so why change it? That was one of the key plot points in the movie. I think it speaks more of her change.
Wesley has a much calmer approach than me and I agreed with her thoughts as well:
I think it’s interesting that they set the movie in New York and not in London. I guess they figure that the American audiences aren’t going to care about the movie if they don’t have a “stake” in it.
I got sucked in deep trying to figure out the logistics of the war. (Like, they gave this guy all this time to take his kid allll the way across the ocean to school before reporting for duty? Isn’t that way more dangerous than just keeping her squirreled away in India somewhere?) And then I remembered that this is a kid’s movie and that I should probably just calm the heck down. The diamond mines make more sense. I liked that the story she told to the girls had the parallels with the war. Thorns= barbed wire. Poisoned arrows that give off poisonous= mustard gas. WWI, so awful.
Of the things they left out, both Wesley and I were sad not to have the Large family. I missed the Large family, even though with the twist they wouldn’t have really served the purpose they did it in the book. Kind of glad they left out the Last Doll, that whole thing was weird ish to me!
Did anyone else want to live in that attic when it was all decorated? Sign me up! I liked the attic room! I mean if it had furniture and heat and everything. Decorate that nicely and I bet you could rent that room out for TONS of cash in New York City these days.
I really liked how they made Sara so likable – you understood why the other little girls were drawn to her. I kind of thought everything was wrapped up too nicely (except for Becky. I’m with Wesley on that one: I liked that Becky left way more as a sister then a servant, different from the book it seemed). But Lavinia suddenly becoming nice? Nope, she probably grew up just as nasty.
The movie was right on with Minchin though. Yeesh – she was such a horrible person. I mean, who does that to another human let alone a child? It was so touching to see how she was more concerned about catching Sara when she was dangling for her life. Oh wait..she didn’t. Now that’s just CRUEL. Remember when she knew that was her dad and she said nothing? Ew lady! Yet, what’s a story without a good villain?
Overall, even with the changes, I still thinks it’s a really cute movie and one little girls can be inspired by. And that’s always a good thing!
So what did y’all think? Did you like the changes? Do you think this movie still did justice to the story?