Director: Lino DiSalvo
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Bateman, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor and Daniel Radcliffe
If you would have told me that I was going to enjoy an animated movie about Playmobil I would have scoffed in incredulity.
“No, trust me. It’s actually quite good.”
“Rubbish,” I would have answered, thinking of some of the previous movies Hollywood has produced based on popular children’s toys, which all tend to land somewhere in between Transformers and the Barbie films.
But then, we now live in a post-LEGO movie world. That said, the LEGO films have been milked for all they’re worth. The LEGO Movie 2 was a huge disappointment, and actually, Playmobil is rather different from those movies, mainly because it’s aimed at an even younger audience than those films.
There’s a solid foundation here
You have to go into Playmobil: The Movie with this in mind. This is a film very much aimed at kids, with musical numbers and yes, the odd jokes for the poor old parents who have to accompany their brood to the pictures to watch the latest animated film.
However, there is something for everyone here, and even though it’s not going to win any awards, it’s a good adventure movie and genuinely offers fun for all the family.
If anything, I’d argue that the voice acting in Playmobil is much better than the recent updated version of The Lion King. It’s also nice to see Anya Taylor-Joy show another side to her acting ability.
Taylor-Joy has become something of a horror movie darling, but here she’s showing that she’s at home in a completely different genre, and she can hold a tune.
The LEGO Movie exists… Unfortunately
Unfortunately, the film’s biggest problem is actually the first LEGO Movie, which is very much the high-watermark of this sort of film. The brilliant animation in that movie, the great premise and the film’s unique sense of humour put it well above a film like Playmobil: The Movie.
I’m also not too sure about the animation style in Playmobil which feels rather rubbery as opposed to the stop-motion look the LEGO movies have achieved, even though there’s no actual stop-motion involved in the making of those films.
However, you can’t be too harsh with a film like Playmobil: The Movie just because The LEGO Movie exists. As I said before, this film is aimed at a much younger audience than the brunt of those films and it’s not trying to reinvent the wheel as far as animated films based on a toy are concerned.
What it’s trying to do is entertain kids and their parents, and it certainly does that.
Meanwhile, why not have a read of our articles on the five reasons why Tom Holland in the best Spider-Man ever, the five best movies in the MCU, and our explanation as to why Tomorrow Never Dies is the most underrated Bond movie ever.
You can also have a read of our reviews of The Lion King, Yesterday, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Aladdin, Detective Pikachu, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Avengers: Endgame, Hellboy and Glass.
In the meantime, why not rewatch The LEGO Movie, which you can purchase here!
Playmobil: The Movie is in cinemas across the UK now.
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