During this questionable time, I have found comfort in watching classic films that bring me back to happier times. The last time I watched What a Girl Wants (2003), I was probably in 2nd grade. So, I decided it was time that I watch it again. I just barely remembered the plot. But after rewatching the movie, I instantly remembered all of the music, characters, and the funny jokes. I definitely do not regret giving this movie a watch. It is available on Netflix as of right now!
Let’s talk about it.
First, I need to start off by talking about Colin Firth. One word. Wow. Now onto the story. Daphne (Amanda Bynes) is a normal American teenager. She lives with her mom in New York, but always dreamt of meeting her father. One day, she decides to buy a plane ticket to go and visit him. Things do not go as planned, there are ups and downs, but in the end Daphne is left fulfilled and whole.
Part of the reason I like this story so much is because I always dreamt of traveling. Going to London and exploring sounded incredible when I watched this as a child. Daphne is fearless and fun, and part of me wanted to be like her. I like the message behind this film that encourages the audience to be themselves, regardless of what others think. The story emphasizes that giving up part of yourself to be with someone else is not worth it. I think that is a good lesson to learn.
Although this film is not on the caliber of a James Cameron movie, there is a lot of heart intertwined with the story. Watching this as an adult, I see some of the sweet moments that I missed as a child. I know the significance of being with the people you love and getting to know them on a deep level. Thus, I think this film aged well. The themes are still relevant, the story is still light-hearted and moving, and Colin Firth aged like fine wine. The story focuses on the amazing reunion of a father and daughter, and how their family is forever changed.
When a high school graduate yearns to meet her father, she does whatever she needs to do to make that happen, even if that includes boarding a flight to London and disobeying her mother’s wishes.
I rated this film so high because I rated it from my perspective as a child. When I watched this for the first time in childhood, I loved it. Thus, I thought it was only fair to rate it from my childhood mind. You cannot compare this film to a Chris Nolan film, you can only compare this film to stories that you find so nostalgic and memorable that you cannot think about them objectively because they are so entangled in your memories. This is one of those movies.
I like getting sentimental and nostalgic. I am that friend that always brings up stories from 10 years ago and recites them like they happened yesterday. What can I say? I value my memories dearly.
What is your favorite film from your childhood? I would love to watch it and potentially review it. 90’s and 00’s films are far different than the films that are made today. Now, there are more special effects, but less heart. Which is saddening.
Thanks for reading,
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