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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

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