Little Wing (2024) Review: A Captivating Journey of Self-Discovery and Resilience

Of course, a film about a youngster coming of age set against the backdrop of Portland's racing pigeon scene hardly seems like the kind of place you'd find an authentic, genuine story, but Little Wing isn't simply another manufactured sentimental film.

Based on a piece that Susan Orlean wrote for the New Yorker, it is factually accurate, and stars Brooklyn Prince, Brian Cox, and Kelly Reilly all provide sincere performances.

Prince, who gained widespread recognition for her breakthrough performance in The Florida Project as Moonee, has developed into a truly exceptional performer. Prince, who has been in several movies, including the popular Cocaine Bear from the previous year, is in almost all of the scenes and holds her own with her seasoned co-stars.

While being faithful to Kaitlyn's objectives, John Gatins' script (Real Steel, Power Rangers) appreciates how absurd this idea is. It may sound completely absurd. It makes sense that a desperate adolescent who is prone to making snap judgments would consider this to be the answer. It's just a bird, after all. This isn't really going to injure anyone, is it?

Little Wing, directed by Dean Israelite, whose earlier motion pictures Project Almanac and Power Rangers introduced superhero themes to the coming-of-age genre, thrives on realism and strong acting. Above all, Prince is performing in a challenging role some of the best work of her short career.

It's reasonable that Little Wing contains certain well-known genre beats; it doesn't exactly shatter the mold. However, this film is genuinely enjoyable to see, has a good heart, and is currently available onParamount+.