When I was about 6 or 7, I loved Shirley Temple. One would come on TV, or I'd find one on tape, and I'd watch them back to back if I could. I wanted ringlet curls so badly I could taste it some days, and I desperately wanted to learn to tap dance.
So today, with the storm bands of Alex making the day so dreary, I felt a little nostalgic, and started watching Heidi on Netflix.
If you're unfamiliar with the story, orphaned Heidi is brought to live with her Grandfather by her Aunt Dete. The old man is reluctant to have her, but
Today was the first time I've watched it as an adult and it is a COMPLETELY different movie than I remember!
|Childhood Memories||Adult Realizations|
|The Grandfather is a kindly old man||The Grandfather is a bitter old man isolated based on his unforgiving nature|
|Heidi's Aunt Dete is a mean woman||Dete should be arrested and put in jail for child abandonment and kidnapping|
|Heidi is a happy girl||Heidi is so desperate to have someone love her that she puts on a false face of cheeriness sometimes|
|Clara is a poor sick girl||Clara is a spoiled rich brat that refers to Heidi as if she were a puppy|
|The governess is a mean old woman||Why won't these women stop kidnapping Heidi!?!|
|Yeah, Heidi and Clara are friends!||Stupid Clara and her passive aggressive friendship! Heidi should have cut all ties with her|
I do have to say that I enjoyed it almost as much as I did as a kid. It's pure escapist, utterly unrealistic, but happily ever afters are nice sometimes.