The live action​ ‘Kim Possible’ isn’t what dreams are made of

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As a someone who grew up during the late 90s and early 00s, my heart filled with joy and then freaked out when I heard that they were going to be making a live action “Kim Possible” movie. Besides the fact that recent Disney Channel programming has been rather crappy, reboots that take cartoons and make them live action don’t typically do well. They rather suck if now done right. Spoiler: this is one of those reviews where I watch things so you don’t have to. You’re Welcome

What’s the sitch?

“Kim Possible” was released on Disney Channel as a Disney Channel Original Movie, or DCOM, on February 15, 2019. It was directed by newcomer Adam Stein and former DCOM actor turned director Zach Lipovsky. It pretty much stars a bunch of unknowns/newcomers. The only real big name that is heavily in the movie is Alyson Hannigan (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “How I Met Your Mother”). The OG Kim Possible and Disney Channel legend Christy Carlson Romano has a small cameo in the movie as well as the original voice of Rufus, Nancy Cartwright reprises her role as Rufus. The acting in this movie isn’t bad. If I had to rate it, it would 6/10. It’s honestly the younger cast is what wasn’t working when it came to acting. They did all right, especially when you think about it’s most of their first big role.

The plot of this movie is one that’s hard to follow. It’s pretty much just Kim Possible living her life as a teenage crime fighter with her best friend Ron Stoppable. Her life gets turned upside down when she befriends a new student named Athena. Then Kim starts questioning herself once Athena starts to still her thunder and become a better version of Kim. In between this, Kim’s archnemesis Dr. Drakken and his henchwomen Shego create a masterplan to defeat Kim once and for all.

The writing for this movie was actually the highlight of this film. It was rather witty at times and I laughed at some of the times. The writing didn’t take itself seriously and made fun of itself. The effects were also something that was rather good. It wasn’t like a blockbuster movie with the effects but it was still good. There wasn’t any clear direction with the writing and production.

I feel bad that this is her first major role

Who was the attended audience? They don’t air the original show besides on their Disney Now app. None of their current generation of Disney Channel fans would know about Kim Possible. Sure, it really shouldn’t matter. But the movie alienates the older fans that know and love KP with the sometimes childish approach and doesn’t give the newer fan information on why KP is KP and won’t get them interested beside “Who is this girl and why is she fighting crime?”

My biggest complaint with the entire movie is the characterization of characters. Like I’m supposed to like Kim Possible and want her to succeed but I honestly found her the worst character in the entire movie. She came off as just a showoff and someone that just gets everything handed to them. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was how they were portraying Kim or it was just the actress. I went back to watch the original and Kim was portrayed the same but she was just super more likable.

The way they portrayed Kim in the film vs how portrayed Kim in the cartoon was like night and day. Kim in the cartoon was still perfect but she didn’t really rub it into everyone’s faces. One thing that stood out was that cartoon Kim denied Wade, her super genius benefactor, help for her homework. In the movie, Kim literally used Wade for things that didn’t have to do with missions or saving the world. It was little things like attention to details like that I wish they pulled over. I should want to like Kim Possible not want her to lose. I was totally rooting for Dr. Drakken and Shego to win. They were the best characters and had the best characterization. I also didn’t like Athena, at all.

I think a lot of this has to do with the fact the movie was directed by two people. There are two different visions there. While the original creators were involved, which you can tell with the writing, I feel like the two directors with two different amount of directing experience is what severely hurt the movie. It’s like you are putting a newborn puppy with a full adult dog and expecting them both to fetch. You really only need one director because there will be plenty of other people, like producers, to help if the director needs to run things off of people. Now, I’m not saying that the new director would have sucked by himself or vice versa. But the fact they had two directors on the films could have been why it felt like the film had no direction.

Overall, I would avoid watching “Kim Possible” unless it’s one of the original two DCOM movies or the original series. This movie wasn’t any good.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the DCOM classic ‘The Luck of the Irish’

While yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it would be only fitting to celebrate it the day after when everyone is hungover with a classic holiday. Yes, even St. Patrick’s Day has a movie that is a requirement for everyone in America to watch on this fateful day. I watched “The Luck of the Irish” and it’s time to review it.

From the shores of Erie

“The Luck of the Irish” is a Disney Channel Original Movie released in 2001. It was Paul Hoen, who would direct other DCOM movies like “The Cheetah Girls: One World” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.” Such a great track record. The only really notable star of this movie is hunk Ryan Merriman (“Pretty Little Liars” and “Smart House”). Everyone else was kind of just there. The acting wasn’t bad but it wasn’t anything to cry home about. It was just kind of meh.

The movie followed Kyle (Ryan) as he discovers his heritage after his lucky coin was stolen by an evil leprechaun. Turns out that he comes from a family of leprechauns on his mother’s side and that coin was his family’s luck. Because their luck has been stolen, they are turning into leprechauns. Kyle, with the help of his family and friends, must get back their family’s luck before the big basketball game. I shit you not, this is the plot of the movie. What the fuck was in the water during the late 90s/early 00s?

The Luck of the Irish has been very good to Ryan Merriman

While I still enjoyed watching this movie, the movie’s plot is all over the place. Like literally, there are more plot holes in this than what you will find in an episode of “Riverdale.” Like the big bad leprechaun has magical powers but no other leprechaun in the movie has it. There are hints of it with Kyle’s grandfather but that’s it. There are literally more plot holes and if you literally just sit there a watch it and point out said plot holes, you will lose your mind.

I recommend just watching this movie if you are looking for an enjoyable non-sensical good time. That’s really the best way to watch the movie. If you think about the plot too much, then you will actually hate the movie and question why you want to watch it. This is just a feel good movie that you really shouldn’t take too seriously. Once you start taking it seriously, then that’s when you will start to hate it. The ending of the movie is extremely anti-climatic but it’s a Disney movie so that explains a lot. It’s your standard Disney ending.

Verdict

“The Luck of the Irish” is one of those classic DCOMs that you shouldn’t take seriously at all. It’s a classic Disney Channel movie that is a requirement to watch when it’s St. Patrick’s Day. It just a good fun time. When you take it seriously, that’s when it no longer becomes fun and rather just unfun and annoying. Other than that, I highly recommend this movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Take the flight of your life with ‘Final Destination’

After my shocking discovery that I liked “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” I thought I would dive deeper into the horror genre and watch a beloved horror genre. And no, it’s not “Saw.” You already know because you can read. I plan on diving into the entire franchise so let’s get started with the first movie, “Final Destination.” Not to be confused with “The Final Destination,” that’s the fourth movie.

There are No Accidents. No Coincidences. No Escapes. YOU CAN’T CHEAT DEATH. 

“Final Destination” was released in 2000 and is the beginning of the franchise. It was directed by James Wong ( Episodes of “The X-Files” and “American Horror Story”). Some of the stars in the movie are Kerr Smith (“Dawson’s Creek” and “Charmed”), Ali Larter (“Heroes” and “Legally Blonde”), and Devon Sawa (“Little Giants” and “Caspar”). Oh, and Seann William Scott is in here too. Yeah, Stiffler from “America Pie.” The cast is rather good. The acting is good while some are better than others. Ali, Kerr, and Devon are the standouts. Kerr though did a phenomenal job. He’s probably the most underrated actor from this time period. He played a dick very well.

The film follows a group of high school students and their teacher as they try to cheat death. After Alex (Devon) got them kicked off a plane due to a premonition he saw, the plane exploded killing their fellow classmates and everyone on board. Because of this, they must stay together in order to keep each other alive and figure out who is going to die next.

Iconic

This film was such a wild ride. While it didn’t have a physical killer, it was still scary enough because it was all real things that could kill you. Sure, there was a little of the supernatural flair to it. But all of the deaths that happened are things that could easily happen. It’s not a killer chasing them with a weapon. It’s stuff like a bus hitting someone not paying attention, something falling on you and just killing you instantly, or someone getting into a super bad car accident. This horror movie got you because it could actually happen more than a creeper in a mask.

The production on the film was probably ahead of its time. Everything was done so well from the camera shots to how they presented the deaths. The deaths were the best part of the entire movie for the simple reason they looked so real. There wasn’t too much gore but rather just the right amount. If they had too much, then it would have been not real. After you watch the movie, you will start looking at things and think “man, this could kill me” no matter what it is. That’s how good the production was.

My only complaint that I have was the fact there wasn’t too much to the plot and character development. While we do get to know a little about the characters, it’s minor due to them being killed off one by one. The main three (Devon, Kerr, and Ali) are the only ones we really get to know the best and even then, it’s not enough to make you feel something. The deaths are just deaths. You don’t feel anything went they die. If you look at “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” the deaths you felt for because you knew about the characters and what they are going through. You really don’t get that in “Final Destination.” It’s all superficial. You feel more for the way they day than who is died.

Verdict

“Final Destination” is a great horror movie. It’s scary because of how real the deaths are and how they show them. It shows how easy you can literally die just by walking down the street and living your life. The downfall of the movie is that there isn’t anything to the plot and little to no character development. The deaths of the characters are superficial. You feel more for how it happened and not for the fact a character just died. I do recommend this movie. It’s available on Netflix. I do think everyone should watch it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Pucker up with ‘The Kissing Both’

Like Victoria Justice think they all always sing and not just Ariana Grande Butera, I think WE ALL have been sleeping on most of the original movies that Netflix has been producing. So I though it was time to look into what some are considering a hidden gem of the Netflix movies. Pucker up because we’re discussing “The Kissing Booth.”

Meet Noah. He’s attractive but has toxic masculinity issues

It’s never great to hear your childhood crush say It’s super gross in your pants.

“The Kissing Booth” was released on Netflix in Spring of 2018. It’s based on the novel of the same name written by Beth Reekles. Directed by Vince Marcello (“Teen Beach Musical” and “Zombie Prom”), the movie stars Joey King (“Ramona and Beezus” and “Oz the Great and Powerful), Joel Courtney (“F The Prom” and “Super 8”), and Jacob Elordi (He’s from Australia, that’s why he’s so hot). Molly Ringwald is also in the movie. The casting in the movie is actually not bad. It’s Jacob’s first big role and the main cast was pretty much just a bunch of unknowns to a certain extent. The acting is rather good. It’s a little bit better than your average teen comedy acting.

The movie follows Elle Evans (Joey) as she has to deal with having a crush on her best friend’s Lee Flynn’s (Joel) older brother, and school heartthrob, Noah Flynn (Jacob). Noah and Elle end up sharing a kiss at Elle and Lee’s Kissing Booth at the school carnival. From there, their relationship starts to take a turn and Elle’s life gets turned upside down. Elle’s relationship with her BFF Lee starts to take a turn as well.

The movie left me with some thoughts. I enjoyed the movie overall. It was adorable while it stuck with the same troupes that once would get with a romantic teen movie. Girl falls for a boy who is she isn’t supposed to. Girl dates the boy and ends up hurting someone in the process. While the tropes are overdone and outdated, the way they did was original. Especially in this day and age when not a lot of things we see isn’t original.

The character development in the film is rather good. You get to know all the characters and their backstory. You can actually see how the relationship forms between the three main characters build and form and why the issues are issues. Not many movies or shows do that anymore. It was refreshing to actually see this unfold.

The one thing that I can’t overlook is the sexist overtones that are there between Noah and Elle. While it does come from a loving place, he was asserting authority over her during. He’s telling people to not date her in a threating manner, standing over her and telling her not to do things, among other things. And yes, I realize that saying “it came from a loving place” is making the behavior okay. But it honestly did if you fully watch the movie. The sexist overtones ended up being part of Noah’s character development and Noah slightly get over them still doesn’t make it okay but he grew throughout the entire film. But again, you can’t overlook it still.

Verdict

“The Kissing Booth” is an adorable movie that doesn’t just have the girl fall for the boy she shouldn’t but rather does it in an original fashion. The acting is decent from a cast that we really haven’t heard much from. The sexist overtones in the relationship between Noah and Elle are really what hurt the movie. It’s just something you can’t overlook. I recommend the movie, especially if you are just looking for a fun movie to enjoy.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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