The Princess and The Frog (2009)

mp’s rating: 4 / 5 stars

aHey all of you Disney lovers!! Have you checked this movie out? If the answer is ‘no’, I do not only encourage you to watch this movie, but I COMMAND you to watch this! I have watched this movie for the third time now, and it never fails me to fall in love with this movie again.

As a Disney’s movie, “The Princess and The Frog” (2009), directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, it did it again. A combination of the ‘fairy tale’ world and the ‘modern’ world as well, this movie tells the story of nowaday’s struggle in the world, but it never looses its magic. Starting the story from wishing upon a star, and doing hard work, Tiana a.k.a. the waitress yet to be the ‘princess’, has opened the eyes of the viewers that the “star can only take you part of the way. You got to help him with some hard work of your own.” And wait for magic! A beautiful, fantastic fairy tale wrapped in gorgeous music and impeccable performance. Well done, Disney!

What I have learned the third time I watched this movie are about dreams, stars, hard work, and of course, magic.

Number one: dreams. You have to dream. You have to set your goals. And you need to set your goals HIGH. Michaelangelo once said, “The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” We need to take a further step and believe that, “We can turn our dreams into reality.” Remembering my chats with my second sister, I deduced that there are three kinds of people in this world (excluding those who really do not care about their futures). There are the realists, the idealists, and the dreamers. The realist  are the people who dare to dream, but sometimes they become too realistic and do not believe that their dreams can happen. Thus, they set their goals, but sometimes too low. The idealist  set their goals a little bit higher. They have nailed the pathways to become someone, but sometimes idealist people become too idealistic, forget the process and they tend not to be satisfied with themselves (in a negative way). The dreamers are the people who set their goals high. In this movie, a poor waitress dreams to open her own fine dining restaurant. It is a high dream. We need to set our goals up high.
(PS. I do not say that the right kind of person is the dreamers, or idealists, or realists, I just want to give the fact that sometimes people do not set up their dreams high ;p. You can be a realist and set your dreams on cloud 9 ;p).

But, lesson number two: SETTING THE GOALS HIGH ARE NOT ENOUGH! We need to ‘wish upon a star!’. I am not saying this literally, but I am decoding it in another way. We need to keep praying to God! The ‘star’ represents the Lord, and we have to keep telling Him about our goals, dreams, and wishes, because He knows the best for us and He knows us better than we do. Without relying on God, even though you have the perfect plan to become a professor, it will be just a waste.

The bitter truth is lesson number three: IT IS STILL NOT ENOUGH! We need to set our goals up high, relying on God, and do some hard work on our own! If we have done our part until lesson number two, it is the same as a student who wants to get HD with praying and no study. It is not the way it works. God wants to bless us; He wants us to achieve our goals. But we also need to do our part, and then God will do the rest. We need to do the best of our ability and wait for God’s time. Hard work is never easy. But, do you want to land on that star of yours of not? You choose ;).

Lesson number 4: magic. Do not take this literally, people will say that ‘there is no such thing as magic.’ But if you do say that, I believe that you really are not a dreamer. Well, it is not the kind of magic that requires a person to walk on water, or flying on a broomstick or such. But, I decode this ‘magic’ lesson as the ‘time’, the ‘process’, and the ‘feeling’. After we have done all the three lessons above, we need to wait for the right time, and while our character is forged through the process, we feel the satisfaction, love, and joy. Landing on that star of yours without no joy is worth nothing. This is called ‘life’; this is called ‘living’. Why do we do all these things? Why do we set our goals? Are they not to achieve what so-called ‘happiness’? Happiness, joy, and love are indeed magic. Not all people can achieve it. In the end Tiana learns that achieving her dream and opening that fine dining restaurant will not make her happy. What is important is love. The dream comes true is just a bonus. “Never, ever lose sign what is really important.”

This movie is also wrapped in beautiful soundtrack, which has Disney’s trademark and gorgeous storyline. The song that I like the most is “Almost There”, where Tiana sings about her hard work and re-enforces that we can never give up on our dreams. It is hard, and it takes time, but we will get there.

So all of you Disney lovers or not, this movie is a definite worth to check. It is light; it is beautiful; it is magical. ;)

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