Playmobil: The Movie Review

Over the past several months, I've seen the trailer for Playmobil: The Movie as we've headed to theaters to watch other family friendly films and my boys were excited to see this when it released.  So when opening night found us with nothing to do, we decided to head to the theaters and check this out.  I'll have to admit we were very surprised (and slightly concerned) that our local theater was running a "sale" on tickets for this movie on opening night - just $5 per person.  In fact, when we showed up just 5 minutes before the start of the movie, we were the only ones to have bought tickets and remained the only people in the theater for the whole show.  So why?  Was the movie really going to be that bad??

The answer is a definitive no - the movie is not THAT bad.  Now, compared to more popular competition like Playing with Fire and Frozen 2 still out and going strong in the family film genre, I think there's some tough competition.  Marketing of this film was also sparse in my opinion.  Honestly, outside of the trailers in theaters, I don't know that I really would have known anything about this film so opening weekend was likely not too exciting to draw crowds.  Out of these three films, Playmobil was my least favorite, but the boys enjoyed it which is what matters in the end.  The movie begins with live action characters who get swept into the make-believe world of Playmobil where they have the adventure they always imagined they would and remember the magic of their sibling relationship.  Musical numbers are placed throughout, but I think they seemed forced and even my boys said they didn't like the music.  They did enjoy the super secret agent Rex Dasher voiced by Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) and I enjoyed the character of Del voiced by Jim Gaffigan.  There's nothing GREAT about the film, but little ones will find moments to laugh and will likely enjoy the action.  Sorry grown-ups, you'll probably be bored with this one.

Overall, you can definitely wait until this one hits Netflix - no need to rush to the theaters.  But if you're kids are interested and excited, it's an OK film for the trip to the movies.

About Playmobil: The Movie

In PLAYMOBIL’s® animated action adventure, a top secret organization has caused citizens from different lands to vanish from thin air. The dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe) must partner with smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan) and Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) a smart, savvy civilian with her own secret agenda, to rescue them.  Against unthinkable odds, the trio go on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds as they gather clues for their rescue mission.




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