Monday, March 18, 2019

Review: Wonder Park

Release date: March 15, 2019
Running time: 85 minutes
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, John Oliver

Let me just get this off my chest: the movie is called Wonder Park, but the park in the movie is called Wonderland!  My guess is that this is because of some sort of name dispute, but it just seemed odd.  That aside, Wonder Park is a cute, enjoyable kids movie that is a quick ride for all ages.  In the movie, the main character is transported to an imaginary park that she and her mom built as a kid, but something is slowly destroying the place.  June has to help her childhood toys figure out what is wrong and find a way to save Wonderland before it is too late.  

The movie is beautifully animated, with some very imaginative scenes that bring a child's imagination to life.  The Park itself is fun to explore, and seeing the characters overcome the various challenges is enjoyable.  The characters are imaginative, if a little one dimensional.  And those characters are brought to life by some good, but over the top voice acting.  The story itself proceeds at a brisk pace, with not much down time (a good thing for a kids movie, it definitely flies by).  However, that story goes from point A to point B with few roadblocks along the way.  Maybe this is good for a kids movie, but it seemed like there were little, if any challenges for the characters to overcome.  

Wonder Park is an imaginative, enjoyable experience for all ages.  The "scary" scenes are not frightening and the action is very family friendly.  The movie has some memorable characters, an interesting setting, but a fast story.  Wonder Park is not a roller coaster, but it is an enjoyable ride that will not leave you disappointed. 

Rent it

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