PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE
CAST in a similar mould to The LEGO Movie, replete with a live-action framing device, Playmobil: The Movie sees 18-year-old Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) dreaming of travelling the world with her first adult passport.
“Nothing’s worse than a small stationary life,” she tells little brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman), who enjoys making up fantastical
escapades with his sister using his Playmobil sets.
Fate cruelly intervenes and Marla’s adventurous spirit is crushed as she adopts the role of Charlie’s sole caregiver. The siblings argue and Charlie runs away from home to a toy fair.
When Marla and Charlie are eventually reunited, they are magically miniaturised into Playmobil figures.
The boy metamorphoses into a swaggering blondhaired Viking who cackling arch-villain Emperor Maximus (Adam Lambert) kidnaps to join a team of champions.
Marla gives chase, aided by food truck owner Del (Jim Gaffigan), a Fairy Godmother (Meghan Trainor), mechanoid sidekick Robotritron and dashing British secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe).
As Marla romps through various themed lands, she rediscovers her lust for life and her emotional connection to her little brother.
Playmobil: The Movie is bolted together with wholesome life lessons. Animation and the vocal performances are solid, and the soundtrack thankfully lacks an earworm to rival Everything Is Awesome.
Life in plastic: Charlie and Marla