Playmobil: The Movie

Playmobil: The Movie Poster

I do not think that I am going to have much to say about this one.

It was terrible.

It was a poor man’s Lego Movie and it did not work anywhere near that.

We started with live action as Anya Taylor-Joy as Marla and Gabriel Bateman as Charlie, a brother and sister whose parents died in a car crash years ago and that moment shifted their relationship.  They wind up getting caught in a mysterious world where they are PLAYMOBIL® characters with their locked out legs and pincher fingers.  They get separated (Charlie, who is in a body of a viking with super strength) and Marla has to try to find her brother before it is too late.

The story was dumb.  The voice acting was adequate.  The animation was fine, but it was clearly wanting to be more like The Lego Movie and it fails at that.

Instead of trying to be the Lego Movie, it should have been its own thing and find the strength of PLAYMOBIL®.  There did not seem to be any.  It was dull and predictable and the secondary characters all made me think of other, more iconic characters.  There was a character that made me think of James Bond.  One that made me think of Boba Fett.  One that made me think of Zach Galifianakis.  Pirate guy too.  The villain was basically Nero from Rome.  Just imitations of better toys or characters.

This is already more than I intended to talk about this movie.  The music was pretty lacking as well.  Save yourself some time and just re-watch The Lego Movie.  It is much better .

1.6 stars 

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