“Everyone thinks you have to be grown up to know who you are, but even as kids we know who we are. Its the world that beats it out of us.” ~ Marsai Martin
A BIG word from the film Little. It’s funny because this theme has been reoccurring in my life lately. I believe in an old saying but I can’t recall the source, every answer we need is inside of us. So the question of who you are shouldn’t be that difficult to answer. But sometimes it is because of how we’re socialized and experience life as we grow older.
Whereas kids are just starting life out and are simply being. Not just being kids, but being. And fortunately for children, we (as adults, for the most part) give kids the space to be: whether that is to cry, play, laugh, imagine, create, make a mess, whatever. We allow kids to be. But as we grow older we revoke that gracious space. And I’ve found that without that space to be, we get lost or confused of who we are, versus who we ought to be (circumstantially), versus who we are told to be.
Now, let’s get into the undertones of the film: Black Women in Tech (i.e. the protagonist’s company). The representation on-screen of lead characters with darker skin tones (I love & will forever appreciate that). Her natural hair. And the best featured role – HOMEGIRL! Who needs an Alexa when you have a Homegirl?? I need that on the market ASAP.
Now I will admit, the beginning scenes were a bit over dramatic and exaggerated to paint the picture of an extremely tough, bitchy boss. But it’s comedy so why not make it slapstick?
I did notice the audience in my theater weren’t letting too many laughs loose. Were some moments a bit stale? Sure, but very very few. It led me to ponder the widely-believed idea that women aren’t or can’t be funny. Obviously this has been disproved by many female comedians/writers like Mo’Nique, Wanda Sykes, Aditi Mittal, and Issa Rae herself. But I couldn’t help but think that was somewhere within the crowd’s subconscious in the theater. Because they really didn’t laugh…even at the scene where Regina Hall hauls all her employees outside to reveal the newly added and extremely microscopic “& associates” to the rest of her company’s name. And that shit was funny.
Oh, and the director of it all? Tina Gordon. Also, a Black Woman. Go Us.
Marsai, call me girl.
Stay wild. Stay free.