The Little Prince (which almost didn’t even get released) is directed by Mark Osborne and is based off of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novel. Featuring the voice talents of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams,Paul, Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco,and Mackenzie Foy, this is a star-studded wonder of a film. Thank God that Netflix scooped up this wonderful gem.
The story centers on a young girl (Foy) who has just moved into a new home with her mother (McAdams) in the hopes that she’ll be accepted into the prestigious Werthe Academy. As soon as they move in, though, their neighbor The Aviator (Bridges) starts up his airplane and damages their home. The Little Girl and The Aviator strike up a friendship, and he tells her the story of how he met The Little Prince (Riley Osborne) who fell in love with a rose (Cotillard) only to lose her. Along the way, The Little Girl discovers herself, the true meaning of friendship, and love.
The Little Prince is an absolutely stunning film. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the beautiful animation, and was awestruck by the sheer artistry of the movie.
The acting is superb (which with such an amazing cast, you would expect). Every character is (mostly) likable and relatable. I especially loved Jeff Bridges and Mackenzie Foy. I felt connected to their characters, and their friendship tugged at my heartstrings.
The film is consistently paced for the most part, barring a few moments where the story lost a little steam and sparkle. Other than that, though, this was an emotional, heart-warming tale of love and loss.
I highly recommend you watch The Little Prince. It is a perfect family film, with gorgeous animation, a superb cast, and an inspiring, emotional story. Just have a box of tissues nearby.
The Little Prince is streaming exclusively on Netflix.
*Trailer and images courtesy of Netflix and Paramount Pictures