Release Date: April 12
Starring: Regina Hall, Marsai Martin, Issa Rae, Luke James, Tone Bell
Imagine you go to bed one night only to wake up little the next morning? Not a pretty thought, I suppose; but that’s exactly what Jordan Sanders goes through. At its core, Little is a movie about reconciliation and forgiveness, two strong themes we see recur throughout its runtime. Little’s titular lead actresses –Marsai Martin and Reginal Hall– bring their A-game, making Jordan a very convincing character going through magical changes in two bodies.
Honestly, the only thing more beautiful than watching Regina Hall move about in expensive suits and cars is watching Marsai Martin walk in her shoes. Fans of ‘Grown.ish’ are already used to seeing the youngster do wonders on the small screen, Little pushes her a step forward towards a global audience, which was always bound to happen at some point in her career – better now than later.
For most people, high school was the worst period of their lives, and would give anything to selectively turn back the hands of time without having to return there. For Jordan, this option’s off the table when a girl calls her out on a meanness and curses her with literally walking in her 13-year-old self’s shoe all over again, so she’d reminded of what it’s like to feel small and powerless. Ever-loyal Personal Assistant April (Issa Rae) wouldn’t risk going to prison on her behalf and sends her back to school, where she’s forced to hang out with a bunch of fellow losers, and grow into a better person.
Issa Rae puts up a good performance, not far from what she’s come to be known for. Her role as April is distinct from Issa of ‘Insecure’, but they do share some of the quirky features known to stem from the real-life Issa. I think she really needs to diversify by taking-up roles across various genres to expand her acting range.
Tone Bell, Lakeith, and the rest of the supporting cast all do a good job. Justin Hartley even features, and I couldn’t be more excited. His teacher-student scenes with Martin are hilarious, and rank high among my favorite in the movie.
If ever you wanted a movie to inspire team spirit in your work place Little‘s a good enough recommendation because, in the end Jordan learns her lesson, the real-world picks up some morals, and we all lived happily ever after.
Directed by: Tina Gordon
Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5