The Lego Movie shattered the expectations of toy-based movies with a dynamic story, great comedy, decent sequences of actions, and a balance of kids to adult audiences. While the sequels that followed took stride in their own remark, the first one really opened our eyes to quality kids animation. Enter tonight’s movie, in the form of Playmobile, a similar design to the classic pegs, but with a little more movement and cost-effective price to appease the younger crowd. Tonight’s movie offers the same sort of approach, hoping to get the animated holiday feature in before Oscar season swoops in. What is the verdict? Robbie K coming in, to give you insight into the next movie and determine if it’s worth a trip to the theater.
Movie: Playmobil: The Movie (2019)
Animation Is Decent
Short Run Time
Acting Is Mixed
Predictable and Linear
Jokes Sort Of Forced Into The Movie
Action Is Rather Dull
Music Numbers Are Sometime forced
Lame Villain For Me
Not As Well Balanced
Like many animated movies, Playmobil is very nicely designed to bring the family fun atmosphere to the forefront of the show. Smooth movement, cute design, and nod back to the days of creating worlds with the simple figure, this movie manages to bring imagination back on the big screen. Like many of my fellow reviewers have stated, this film is certainly cute, with the short run time of about 80 minutes (not counting credits) being focused on heartwarming, moral filled lessons in a nice dynamic package. It’s a great lesson for the ideal audience of kids, which should bring smiles to the young faces and the parents that accompany them. Finally, like most kids films, Playmobil is ready to pump the speakers up with original music, that is toe tapping selection of catchy tunes about the morals we need in our lives.
Yet the other side of the coins have valid points for me in regards to this film, especially when one sees what was accomplished in other animation films. For one thing the voice acting is okay, which can either be due to performance or direction of the character. Anya Taylor-Joy does a decent job, and young actor Gabriel Bateman accomplishes the vulnerable child in over his head role well as he starts discovering himself. My champions are Gaffigan and Daniel Radcliffe whose characters are probably the most engaging of the supporting characters and bringing the dynamic cast to a rather one-note movie. Unlike other films, the movie falls short of the dynamic storytelling that other company productions have excelled in. It’s plot is thin and very predictable, a linear tale with few bumps or surprises to amazing and wow as the writing continues to favor the younger generations filled with jokes and preachy speeches crammed on in. Sure the humor is cute, but the movie needed better balance for this reviewer and working on making a more exciting tale that utilized the humor and lessons as a supporting role instead of the central pillar. The action scenes are rather limited, mostly due to the G rating, but also because the villain is another example of a grandiose, pompous, speech expert who does little else. Because of these two factors, alongside the linear telling, just results in a bland adventure that might not be as entertaining to the older crowd, which is a shame given what they can do in these movies.
Playmobil is not an awful movies, it just doesn’t have the same balance or execution that the Lego movie, or other films for kids have been able to pull off. Certainly, the animation, story, and cute atmosphere will certainly impress the target audience of youngsters. Sadly, the fact that the film struggles to find balance in the presentation to the audience with its predictable, G rate film is going to be the biggest obstacle to see this movie. With a feel much more fitting of a Nick Jr. or Playhouse Disney feel, Playmobil is much better suited to a home viewing where the little ones can corral into the living room and watch it for the short run time. Overall, the movie will deliver to the young generation, but given Frozen is out, Spy in Disguise is on its way, and Star Wars, this film is going to be out of the theater quickly unfortunately. Therefore, my scores are:
Movie Overall: 5.0