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PanamaTrickster Reviews: Lyle Lyle Crocodile (2022)

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Based on the children’s book from the early 1960s, Lyle Lyle Crocodile is able to maintain the same basic principles as it’s original lore, but takes an astronomical number of creative liberties in order to translate successfully to the big screen. Shawn Mendes voices the gifted Croc, and brings a level of magic and thrill that could only exist how it does because of Lyle’s inability to communicate in any other way than singing.

The CGI is not at all impressive in any other object other than Lyle himself, however there is a certain charm to it being noticeably fake, almost as if it prides itself on being a bit embarrassing and silly. However, the film editing is done exceptionally well, as the post production adjustments to the streets of New York City appear crisp, vibrant and full of color and life.

Feeling like a cross between Diary of a Wimpy Kid and E.T. The Extraterrestrial, nothing is inherently wrong with the movie or its plot, but it is full of cliché after cliché. This is forgivable, mainly because the film is almost exclusively geared at children, who I imagine would see no issues at all with the clichés. This is another one of those films that just accept song, dance and choreographed numbers as second nature in the world, and are not at all bothered by the sudden existence of it. Once you get past how jarring that may initially feel, the movie at its core is meant to spread happiness to the audience, and Shawn Mendes’ singing chops are a delight to hear throughout.


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