What a Girl Wants (2003)
Every once in a while, I review a film that I "grew up" on, and it gives me #AllTheFeels. One such movie is What a Girl Wants. I first saw this one years ago during my teen years, and continue to love it to this day. My mother and I recently enjoyed a re-watch (after years of none) of it, and I think I speak for the both of us when I say, we're still enamored with its contemporized version of a fairytale.
There's something about this movie that continues to outlast those that have come since (within its pool of peers). From the heartwarming antics and complexities of the father/daughter relationship to the journey of "finding" oneself (and of course, the sweet romance doesn't hurt), this one is pure sunshine from beginning to end. Plus, I know many of us consider this one a favorite simply for Colin Firth.
Naturally, since I had a review due with Silver Petticoat today, I thought it the perfect avenue and chance to share some timeless fangirl feels. If you experience some of the same opinions as I of this one, comment down below with your thoughts. I've love to read them all.
What a Girl Wants (2003) – A Contemporary Fairytale with Colin Firth
Regardless of being part of the millennium era of filmmaking, some films earn their place as a “classic.” What a Girl Wants is one such film (for me). Though it’s been many years since it came out (it released in the middle of my teen years making any re-watch of this a trip down memory lane), What a Girl Wants has resolutely weathered the storm. Some of the movies I once loved I’ve since grown out of; this isn’t one of them. What a Girl Wants has a staying power akin to that of The Princess Diaries. Fortunately, that’s not the only similarities to be drawn between these two films.
What a Girl Wants introduces us to 17-year-old Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes), a native New Yorker who grew up in Chinatown. Since she was born, it’s always been Daphne and her mom, Libby (Kelly Preston), a childhood Daphne has documented through a collection of photos. But that doesn’t mean Daphne has stopped dreaming of the day her father (growing up she repeatedly heard the romantic story of how her parents met) might find her. Daphne somehow believes that if she meets her father, she will finally know who she is. Continue Reading ➡