The Little Prince premieres in U.S. theaters this Friday, March 18, bringing to life Antoine de Saint-Exupery?s classic. The movie does justice to the book, while lending to the story some new angles. Here are five tweaks to expect from the movie:
1. He grows up
In the movie, you?ll encounter the little prince succumbing to a growing pain, a scene not explored by the book. The little prince represents open-mindedness, usually a trait common to us when we were children. As kids, we?d explore our environment with wide eyes, conjuring up things limited only by our imaginations. To most adults, a children?s imagination may look absurd or impossible, but the silver lining to it is that an open mind sees all perspectives clearly. The Little Prince reminds us not to lose this trait, considering that, as we grow up, we lose this ability because stereotyping and personal biases cloud our thinking.
2. He grows old
The narrator/aviator, presumably mirroring Saint-Exupery, is shown to have grown old living alone in a dilapidated house smack in the midst of a sprawling middle-class community. We?re shown that the aviator has kept to heart the lessons of the little prince in their desert encounter decades ago, and now we see the pilot retired and child-like, earning the indifference of his affluent neighbors, who find him too weird to merit a part in their social circles.
3. Then dies
The death scene isn?t explicit but left open for viewers to conclude. But the fact we don?t see the aviator in the last scene tells us he didn?t make it.
4. The plane is still around
We also see that the airplane, a turboprop manufactured possibly between late twenties to early thirties, is still functioning, albeit it requires a lot of tweaking by the aviator. It will serve an out-of-this-world role as the movie points to a climax.
5. There?s another child?s perspective
In the book, the little prince reflects all that?s good about being a child. He carries this burden alone vis-a-vis the extra-planetary characters who stand for all that?s bad about being an adult. In the movie, however, we see another child representing innocence, open-mindedness, and life?s true priorities. Ironically, the main child protagonist in the movie will channel the little prince in the book, as she tries to win a grownup little prince in the movie back to his child state of mind.
Will she succeed? We?ve spoiled the movie enough. Go find out on Friday.