Little starring Marsai Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall scored big at the box office with a $15,499,000 debut.
The Will Packer production fell short of the number one spot, thanks to Shazam!, but it gave Hellboy all of the smoke by outperforming the Lionsgate and Summit film by $3M.
Read our review of the Little – written by our resident movie guru, B. Gunn below.
Little Review Written By B. Gunn
Wassup, y’all! In the new movie “Little”, Marsai Martin isn’t wise beyond her years, she’s wise because she IS her years. The comedy stars Martin, Regina Hall, and Issa Rae. Hall plays Jordan Sanders, a tech mogul who terrorizes all those around her, especially her employees, with insults and berating remarks. Rae plays Sanders’ overworked assistant April. Poor April feels the brunt of Jordan’s rage constantly, but April has mind-control over Jordan. That’s right. You see, when Jordan talks, she be quiet, but when Jordan leaves, April be talkin’ again (please tell me you got that reference). No one dares challenge Jordan, that is, until she runs into a pre-teen amateur magician who admonishes her on her bullying attitude by waving a magic wand. That cuts Jordan down to size – literally! The next morning, she awakens mortified as her 13-year-old self and the hijinx begins. “Us” is filled with magic…Black Girl Magic. Martin made Hollywood history by becoming the youngest person to executive produce a major film. This movie also highlights African-American women as leads, and it’s directed by Tina Gordon with the screenplay by Gordon and Tracy Oliver, who’s also responsible for “Girls Trip”.
There are some magical performances as well. First of all, Marsai Martin is a dayum star. She’s absolutely brilliant in this movie. In the similar film “Big”, Tom Hanks played the role of a child trapped in a man’s body. If you think about it, that was easy for him because he’s already been a kid. When you see Martin’s performance, you’ll forget she’s 14 because she truly embodies the spirit of a 37-year-old woman, flawlessly. She doesn’t have that Benjamin Button disease and I doubt she’s been reincarnated so she has to get that ability from somewhere. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call pure talent. Rae shines as well. Her character arc is the most compelling even though “Little” is a comedy. Characters aren’t supposed to have much substance in this genre of film but Rae’s personality isn’t overbearing or obnoxiously funny which is excellent for her role as April. We all know that underappreciated employee who’d love to cuss their boss out but can’t due to the way their banking account is set up. April is us, and we are April. Hall’s performance is short but sinister since she doesn’t have much screen time. When we see her, however, she effectively gets under your skin like a prison tattoo. The villain you love to hate. Dayum Gina!
“Little” is big on talent, but little on everything else, unfortunately. It lacks cohesiveness. Scenes involving a particular deadline serve little purpose. That scene along with some others don’t move the plot forward. Tone shifts are horrible. One scene, you’re laughing then a second after that it transitions to something totally out of left field, for no reason at all other than to presumably kill time. “Little” is filled with clichés for a predominantly black cast which I abhorred. For instance, “Little’s” answer to Amazon’s Alexa is a virtual assistant called – wait for it – Homegirl. Oh, just guess how Homegirl sounds? Speaking of sounds, the film’s score is grossly neglected. Having a good film score is the equivalent of having the right shoes to a suit or wearing the right color lipstick to compliment one’s complexion. This is generic and lazy. “Little” also disregards how Jordan became little in the first place. That important piece is irrelevant…wow. Listen, “Little” has a positive message and stellar acting, but there’s more to a movie than relatable characters.
I’m giving it a Morning/Midday Co-sign out of respect to the cast. Would you keep giving money to your friend’s business even if the service was just ok and make excuses for them, or would you demand better? Just a “Little” something to think about…
Did you check out the film over the weekend?