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

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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Review: ‘Liv and Maddie’

Dove Cameron shines in “Liv and Maddie’ but what’s new.

In honor of the return of “Descendants 3” in 2019, I thought it was time to sit down and review the gift that brought Dove Cameron into my life. That is right, we are going to review “Liv and Maddie.” Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as “Dog with a Blog.” I’ve never actually seen “Dog with a Blog” but it was a really show that was so stupid. How did that dog actually type? And who would let their dog use their computer, let alone buy them one?

“Liv and Maddie” follows two twin sisters in a documentary-style show. Dove plays both the roles of twins. Liv is an actress that returned home after four years of being on the hit TV show “Sing it Loud.” Her sister Maddie is the total opposite of her sister; she is more into sports. From there, it’s your basic situational Disney Channel family sitcom. Plot of the day, then chaos ensues, followed by a life lesson that will make you think. The show ran for four season, with the fourth and finale season being named “Liv and Maddie: Cail Style.”

I was rather surprised by how good this show was. Disney Channel shows haven’t really been anything to celebrate to a certain degree since the early 2010s. “Liv and Maddie” was a clever produced show that was actually funny. It wasn’t too childish to where you couldn’t stand it but it wasn’t too adult to where parent would want to take the mouse down. It covered a lot of topics that a Disney Channel show before “Andi Mack” never covered. Like they did multiple episodes on female image and about empowering women/girls. It was really nice to see topics like that covered.

Dove Cameron is honestly the best part of the show. She plays two characters and does it very well. She also has a lot of amazing songs on the soundtrack. The original soundtrack for the show is flawlessly done by Dove. Pretty much, Dove is the best part of the show. I preferred her as Maddie over her as Liv. Liv was just too much for me. Also, that voice. It’s like nails on a chalkboard over and over again.

The only thing that wasn’t good about “Liv and Maddie” was the last season. It was just strange and felt out of place with the rest of the series. Sure, there was a big change in it but it wasn’t as funny or clever like the three seasons before it. They also brought back a lot of past characters to the new setting, which just made me miss what “Liv and Maddie” was.

Verdict

Overall, “Liv and Maddie” is on the list of classic Disney Channel shows. It’s one of those shows that will forever be timeless. It’s just too bad that it won’t get the proper props it deserves. The style of the show is what really makes the show stand out. It just goes with extremely well with the storytelling. This show is just an amazing show…not just because Dove Cameron is on it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Top 5ive: Things I want to happen in 2018

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It’s time to start fresh

We are a little under a week away from the start of a brand new year. I don’t know about you but frankly, I’m over 2017. I’ll get into my loss of love for 2017 later in the week.  But I thought it was the time that I shared some of my hopes and dreams for 2018. Now I won’t be hoping for the impeachment of Donald Trump. Sure, it’s on the list but that’s pretty obvious. These are just a few of the things that one might have on it. Here’s my list of things I want to happen in 2018.

Jonas Brothers Reunion tour

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Look at them, so “pure”

While I disliked the whole “we’re waiting until marriage” gimmick that they had during the original Disney years, and we know now that the purity rings were just for show because they were swimming in lady parts, I think it’s time to put out an “SOS” and “Hold On” because we need to have a Jonas Brothers Reunion Tour that isn’t only occurring at their family gatherings. They don’t need to release new music but rather just play the hits. They can even do new versions of the hits as long as they don’t hit the gift that keeps on giving: Nicholas Jerry Jonas. The OG dem abs need to be protected. He’s a bigger tease than his brother Joe. He flaunts his ripped abs and his extremely muscular arms around as everyone calls him “daddy.” The thirst for Nick Jonas is real.  Also, his music is frankly the best out of all of them. DNCE isn’t bad but it’s nothing like Nick.  Back to the reunion tour, just let it happen Jonases. Everyone wants it.

 

Disney Channel reboots

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I miss OG Disney Channel

I wrote an article on this months ago but it’s time for us to get gritty Disney Channel
reboots. I want some darkness with my classic Disney Channel Original Series. I want Louis to be a pothead and Ren to sleep around secretly with her arch nemesis in an “Even Stevens Reboot.” Disney had so many sexual undertones in “Descendants 2” that it only makes that we will have gritty reboots. It’s also not really hard to make the shows more gritty. Like, let’s have a darker “Sonny with a Chance,” where it shows the dark side of fame and Hollywood. Have some people die in a live-action “Kim Possible” reboot. You really need to get on this Disney. You are missing out on plenty of money making opportunities. Oh, and let’s not forget “Camp Rock 3.” We need something to replace the horrible taste that “Camp Rock 2” left in our mouth.

 

Mean Girls 2

 

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Isn’t this just fetch?

Like most things in life, I choose not to acknowledge the existence of the actual “Mean Girls 2.” Maybe one of these days, I’ll actually sit down and watch that travesty and write a review on it. That will probably happen when fetch happens. But I want a true sequel to this iconic movie that I can quote word for word verbatim. I think 2018 will be the year that we get it. They are already doing a musical version of it so why not see what Regina, Aaron, Cady and the gang are up to as adults….maybe I should help them write it? I know what Lindsay Lohan is already pushing for it when she’s not being an ambassador for everyone. She’s a Social Justice Warrior you know. My only request for the sequel, besides all the original cast, is that they remake the iconic “Jingle Bell Rock” dance from the Winter Talent Show. I want everything from the thigh slap to the awkwardness after Gretchen kicks the boombox into Jason’s face. I want it all. While we are at it, let’s make fetch happen.

 

Dove Cameron as Sabrina Spellman

 

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Sabrina Spellman

This one is something I really want badly. It would make my year if the Queen of Disney Dove Cameron played Sabrina Spellman in the “Riverdale” spin-off based on the comic “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” Dove just screams Sabrina Spellman. It also helps that she has already played a magical character as Mal in the “Descendants” franchise. It’s also what everyone and their mother wants. Give the people what they want. We want Dove Cameron as everyone’s favorite teenage witch. Especially when the show is supposed to take a darker approach. Dove can do darker. Hell, Dove is an excellent actress. She would kill in this role…literally. I also really want her and Cheryl Blossom to have an interaction. This will give me life in ways you wouldn’t imagine.

 

 

New 5 Seconds of Summer Album

 

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I miss them

It’s been like two years since got a full fledge 5SOS album with new music. It’s time that the Aussie give us some more music because I need something besides “Girls Talk Boys” to listen to. That was the last time we got anything new from them and it was for a movie that wasn’t even that good. Just give us some new music because frankly, the world needs more 5SOS and it will be a way better place. People would be much happier with more 5SOS. It would also break up the constantly hearing the same old crap on the radio. Everything sounds the same. Their music doesn’t.

 

Props to me for not having a single swear word in this whole entire article! Fuck yeah!

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