In the age of modern movie goers, no idea is to silly, wacky, or ridiculous to warrant a trial on the big or small screen. With celebrities jumping all over the place, one never knows what role they will dive into next. Today, one of the popular stars and master of theatrics (at least in terms of sporting events) is diving back into the kiddy pool in hopes to bring an early season comedy. Can Mr. John Cena make the latest kid flick be awesome or is it going to be lost to the cascade of cinema pieces this weekend. Robbie K back in for another review as we check out.
Movie: Playing With Fire (2019)
- Fast Paced
- Good Writing
- Lots of Comedy Styles
- Seems A Bit Rushed
- Imbalance Of Styles
- The Trailers Have Touched A Lot
Playing with fire brings the heat in terms of just being a fun, family geared movie that is charming on many levels. The funny nature of the film is not the most original, but brings a happy energy to the theater and makes it enjoyable to watch. Throw in lots of comedy styles like slapstick, misquotes, and bathroom humor, well you get a concoction that is going to entertain the young and young at heart. Fortunately for those with short attention spans, the film does not smolder too long, but rather unleashes the torrent in a fast-paced tale that should keep most engaged in the short run time, so again great for the kids. While not the most unique writing, this reviewer enjoyed the writing of this family film and felt that it balanced cute and touching moments in that same wrapping that is shiny to watch. Playing With Fire is going to burn its way to the heart of many, utilizing those perfect angles, piano lead songs, and cliché writing to really warm the core of its viewers. Is it cheesy? Absolutely! Yet, it works when looking at the cute package the film as a whole is.
Despite all this though, here are some of the things I usually dock in terms of points. One, the movie is predictable, which I’m guessing most of you predicted. Playing With Fire is not really into pulling punches, and from start to finish you know where the film is heading, with my only hopes of a comedic joke sending me crunched over laughing so hard. As I said earlier, the film moves at a brisk pace, which while entertaining also cost the movie some time on telling a fleshed-out story. Cena and squad’s stories could have had a lot more time to push characters further, give them some layers, and still mix with the cute atmosphere. I think it’s going to appease most audience members, but given that other kids movies have found the balance of pace and telling, I feel this movie could have tried a little harder. Something else imbalanced is the styles of comedy, or perhaps more so the audience this movie will appeal to. Playing With Fire is all about families with young kids, so don’t expect those looking for a raunchy comedy or clever comedy to potentially love this film. Finally, the biggest thing I’m always worried about is trailers ruining a movie, and Playing With Fire has burned the avenue down with how much has been shown in the numerous trailers. If you’ve seen the trailers repetitively, as I have, then you’ll have many of the funny moments and story elements ingrained in your brain, which means less bang for the buck and even fewer surprises in this already surprise limited movie.
If you’ve seen the trailers, you can pretty much expect what the trailers promised for this film. Playing With Fire is all about being a cute, straightforward film that will tickle the fancy of the young and young at heart. Within its family friendly environment comes writing that feels like a 90s sitcom/drama, filled with diverse comedy styles and touching moments to get the warmth of the holidays in. While this is all expected though, for movie scoring it would have been nice if the film could have burst out of the straight track and twisted into something better. It’s predictably and rushed storytelling sort of cheated me out of a complete picture, while the lack of more adult based humor will potentially bore others who have outgrown the family friendly humor. Finally, the fact this movie falls victim to trailer syndrome will further dilute the experience. This film is worth a trip for the families, but in terms of special effects and overall picture, this could have done well on straight to cable release.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 5.0