Now, I haven’t been to the cinema on my own for years (in fact I’m not sure I ever have!), but I honestly felt like this film was a perfect film to see alone! Not just because of the concentration level needed to fully absorb a movie that centralizes the Black Female experience… but also the educational element the movie had, and that being inline with my current shadow work. [See my US the movie review for more on shadow work].
Little has the usual humour and one line blinders expected from Regina Hall and Issa Rae, and I loved how - despite being by myself and sitting in a row of my own - with millennials behind me and the aged in front – my eighties baby guttural laugh felt no way letting loose. I let loose several laughs in fact, and it was somewhere in the middle of these that I realized I was grown. Not grown in the egotistical, status driven, external pretense of what a conventional adult presents. But grown in terms of truly being comfortable and loving on self, and ultimately free of inhibitions and judgment.
Like I said – it felt like there was a pull internally to go and watch this film in particular, on my own, at a time in my life where I am doing a lot of self/ soul/ spirit finding. And so it came as no coincidence that Little the movie highlighted similar themes of;
What is it to be an adult?
What aggression and intimidation in leadership really says about you
And embracing you inner child!
We follow Jordan Sanders (played by Regina Hall) a successful career woman who owns her own tech company. Although successful Jordan disregards everyone around her – including her employees, neighbours and even her lover - which stems from her being bullies and disregarded at school as a child. And although Jordan lives a life of luxury – with a fast car, walk in wardrobe and outfits that match her high income – she lives her life alone but full of clutter.
Haven’t we all been there?
Some of us are even still there.
Living a life where material items, low frequency acquaintances and money are our friends and keeps us company.
Is it because we are running away from being alone?
And where many of us (females in particular) strive for independence and not ‘needing a man’ Are we on the run from ourselves?
Crowding our time and space with work, shopping, social media, food, fake friends, booty-calls, TV, gossip, drugs…
In my head it looks like this – CLUTTER!
Here’s an interesting, helpful article to start the process of having a relationship with you -
The Spirituality of BEING Single that can help to de-clutter!
So back to Little - It isn’t until Jordan magically changes into a child and faces old demons that she can have a chance of becoming a better adult.
Another small pause please
My nephew is giving me life at the moment! His smile alone reignites my root chakra to unconditional love. He’s a year and a half, and when I hold him he looks at me. Like, really looks into my eyes and sees me. He also loves playing with my locs [8 month loc’d] and is intrigued by the colourful beads I sometimes wear in my hair.
He pays close attention to the beads by watching, holding (and trying to eat) them… he plays for minutes, completely in awe and fascinated by them.
I watch him play.
I pay close attention to his attention.
He, at one and a half years old is teaching me at thirty-five.
Can we imagine – a world outside of classism and superiority where you learn from the young?
Is the true ‘us’ - when we were young?
Little concludes by Jordan – as an adult acknowledging and recognising her bullying, oppressive behavior. Having to go through becoming a child again - and as a child, standing up to bully’s at her old school, and forming friendships with those that actually care rather than those that are popular. Jordan learns to break free from falling victim of others opinions and societal/ peer pressures that ultimately stop you from being you.
Heard of Chloe X Halle?
Be Yourself is their song which is on the Little soundtrack, and hit a chord with me as it played at the end of the film.
Did you know that Marsai Martin - who plays the younger Jordan, serves as an executive producer on the film Little, and at 14 years old is the youngest person to ever hold the title on a Hollywood production.
A great watch,,, By Yourself :)