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Movie Review: ‘Little’ falls short

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Erica Rae Sanchez
Arts Editor

The movie “Little,” which released this past weekend, did not leave an impressionable mark.

The storyline has been seen before in “Big,” starring Tom Hanks, but this version features a successful middle aged woman who wakes up in her 13-year-old body. 

Regina Hall plays the leading role of Jordan Sanders, a business owner who is overwhelmed with the pressures of a failing business while remaining a respectable boss. 

Traumatized by her elementary school experience, Jordan is given a second chance to come to terms with what she went through. 

The role of Jordan felt forced down the audience’s throat, she is fierce but in a way that halts the viewer from feeling any intimate connection toward her. 

As Jordan drowns in the stress of her failing business, she passes a majority of her tasks off to her assistant April Williams, played by Issa Rae.

April is her counterpart, one who holds her accountable for all of her wrongdoings while simultaneously respecting, but hating her, at the same time. However, she needs the job and will not quit because deep down they understand each other like best friends. 

Marsai Martin’s performance as younger Jordan Sanders was impressive, as she managed to seem like an exact replica of the adult Jordan. 

Sanders’ standoffish personality is also transferred over, making the little version of herself no better than the older one.

Overall, the movie lacked majorly needed character development. 

There is no turning point throughout the film where Jordan learns her lesson, that she does not have to be feared to be respected. 

There were also several storylines introduced that were never brought up again, which was frustrating and made the film feel like it was just buying the audience’s time. 

The movie missed its mark, sparking neither inspiration nor the “feel-good” attitude expected if movies such as these. Jordan is never humanized, and still remains the same person she was at the beginning. 

Martin has made her mark at only 14-years-old, being the youngest movie producer in Hollywood.

With the child-like humor, it came as no surprise after learning her age. 

It almost felt like a Disney movie with the way the audience was given specific allotted times to laugh. 

“Little” fell short, lacking continuity and climax while unimpressively interrupting the development with storylines that were never completed. 

Although a rocky start for Martin, the future is bright as she casted a truly diverse group of characters. 

Erica Rae Sanchez can be reached at erica.sanchez2@laverne.edu. 

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