The other week we went to see Strange Magic, the new animated movie by George Lucas. What we didn’t know what that it is actually a movie musical. An even bigger surprise was that the guest star is Kristin Chenoweth who as always is amazing. Overall the movie musical gets 3 out of 5 stars.
You may be wondering why combining George Lucas with Kristin Chenoweth could only get 3 stars? Simple, they tried too hard. Don’t let that stop you from seeing the movie though…here’s why.
Strange Magic, Is It Worth It
The animation and all of the colors are amazing! You don’t need 3D for it since that would probably cause you to go crazy. They went above and beyond what normal animated movies do and even put Avatar to shame with their skills, colors and overall holy crap this is cool effects!
The singing talent was also very good in the movie. The characters had their own twists on a ton of classic songs and even showtunes. They included a song from Promises Promises (not Kristin Chenoweth did not perform it this time) but even with that, it still couldn’t win higher than a 3 out of 5 stars.
The biggest issue I had with the movie Strange Magic is that it was very in your face.
There were a ton of characters who were all very strong, a million story lines and side stories and they continued using the same exact songs over and over. Although I love the song Sugarpie Honey Bunch and we sang it for a few hours after the movie, they played it wayyyy too much. Same with the other songs.
If they would have focused in to develop some of the main characters more, added a couple of songs or taken a few out and given some more meaning to the storyline, this show could have hit a 4 or 4 and a half out of 5 stars. Strange Magic has a ton of great one liners, funny moments and a fun love story, but there is too much going on and too much repetition with the same music.
If they would cut it down and focus in more I would love to see it again. With that said, you should not avoid it. If you want a fun, feel good movie musical with a ton of great animation, you should definitely see Strange Magic. The only caution we have is that you know it will be very repetitive and if you bring your kids, they will be singing Sugarpie Honey Bunch over and over like they sang Let It Go from Frozen. If you want a fun sneak peak, below is the video for Kristin Chenoweth’s solo song as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Definitely check out Strange Magic, but be ready to have a bunch of songs stuck in your head.