Tyra Branks slays in ‘Life-Size 2’

Shine Bright, Shine far, Be a STAR

It’s been 18 years since everyone told Barbie to go screw Ken and wanted an Eve doll. Last night, Freeform gave the world the sequel to the movie that EVERYONE slept on when it first came out. Yeah, I’m calling everyone out. Let’s talk about “Life-Size 2.”

“Life-Size 2,” or “Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve” premiered part of Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas. Unlike like the previous made-for-TV movie, this movie was geared towards an older crowd. It’s kind of like making the movie for the now adults that grew up on the movie. Gasp! That’s a brilliant idea.

The movie follows Eve trying to bring holiday cheer and joy to the CEO of the toy company that is responsible for her doll line. Eve is also tasked with also getting the CEO to save her doll line in order to keep Eve and the citizen of Sunnyvale alive. It’s pretty much the premise of the OG “Life-Size” just more adult.

I’ll be honest, Tyra Banks saved this movie for me. She stole every scene she was in. In the first couple of scenes, I was very skeptical because it was just bland and typical Christmas movie. But Tyra made me interested. She made the characters around Eve likable and really got you interested in the movie. Even once Eve was gone, I was still into the movie. Granted, it was waiting for Tyra to come back but still. She got me invested in the movie that wasn’t really that interesting, to begin with.

With that being said, the other characters were rather dense and lame. It took the main adults a quarter of the movie to realize that Eve was a doll even after she told them. The children were more intelligent than some of the adults in this movie. And don’t get me started on the horrible remix they did of the Eve jingle. They ruined it.

My favorite part of the movie is the main character thinking that she had a casual hookup with a girl named Eve. It went on for a solid 15 minutes and it was everything. They didn’t make a big deal about it. They all just acted like if she would have hooked up with someone of the opposite gender. It was fun and showed how people should act. I also enjoyed Eve calling the first Eve for a pep talk and it was Tyra’s epic quote for “America’s Next Top Model.”

If you were a fan of the original, I recommend checking out “Life-Size 2.” Even if you just watch it for Tyra, it worth your time to check out. I only planned on watching it once but Tyra might have me catching it again. Again, Tyra was the most enjoyable part of this movie.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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