I haven’t seen Lilo and Stitch since it first came out in theaters when I was a lot younger. I’m not quite sure why I never took the time to find this movie and watch it again.
“Lilo is a lonely little girl, and Stitch is a mischievous little creature from outer space. When Stitch crash-lands in Hawaii, Lilo adopts him as her pet, but he soon turns her world upside down.”
This movie did a great job of messing with my feels. I instantly related to Lilo. She didn’t see the world in the same as those around her. She made a doll and because the head was too big, she made up a story about how creatures had laid eggs in the doll’s brain and that’s what increased the swelling in the doll’s brain and why the doll’s head was so much larger than the body. She tried to make friends with the other girls in the hula group and they saw her as weird and wouldn’t let her play with them. Her sister tries really hard to make ends meet but it seems like the only parts of Nina’s life that anyone sees are the worst days and not the best ones. Nina tries to keep her Ohana together and maintain custody of Lilo, but Lilo isn’t willing to stop being who she is. Lilo’s entire situation made me relate to her on just about every level. And then when things are extremely low, Lilo prays for a friend. She doesn’t pray for a big house or a ton of money or anything other than a friend. Someone who won’t leave her and someone who is strong enough to be friends with her.
That’s probably the most relatable wish/prayer from this entire movie. I feel Lilo’s loneliness. That’s a lesson that’s been hammered into me especially hard in the past year.
Meanwhile, Stitch is a lab creation, designed by an alien scientist to be the ultimate destructive weapon. Stitch is sentenced to banishment on an uninhabited planet and escapes to Earth instead. When the alien council’s representatives show up to recapture Stitch, he uses Lilo and Nina as a cover to hide behind to keep himself safe. Lilo adopts Stitch from a local pet shelter and he pretends to be her dog. Lilo realizes immediately that Stitch is not really a dog, nor is he a normal pet at all. But she loves him and has faith in him anyway. She accepts that he’s not really the best model citizen there is and so she works to teach him how a model citizen should behave. At first, he only does the right thing because he doesn’t want to be captured by the representatives from the alien council, but eventually, Lilo’s unwavering love and faith show him what life with a Ohana is like.
The main theme of this movie is love, family, and friendship. It teaches you to accept people for who they are and to work to understand others better. Lilo and Stitch shows you that you might not be quite right by other people’s standards, but there is someone out there to whom you are a perfect match. Someone who will just understand you and be there for you no matter what. This movie shows you to be who you are, no matter what other people think of you, and also to spend time with those who matter to you because you never know what the future might entail.
You can see why this movie had such an impact on me, yes? 🙂
Overall, I would rate this movie as a four on my rating scale. I enjoyed the story and the characters were all very well done.