Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Review: Child-Friendly Live Action Animation Adventure

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By Johnson Thomas

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Cast
:

Javier
Bardem,
Constance
Wu,
Scoot
McNairy,
Shawn
Mendes,
Winslow
Fegley,
Brett
Gelman

Directors
:

Josh
Gordon,
Will
Speck

Lyle,
the
music-loving,
scarf-wearing
crocodile
who
lives
on
Manhattan’s
East
88th
Street,
ever
since
the
first
book
in
the
series
by
Bernard
Waber,
have
fascinated
children
since
1962.
This
live-action
musical
adaptation
with
CGI
animals
featuring
the
songs
of
Benj
Pasek
and
Justin
Paul
lends
generic
showmanship
to
a
children-friendly
exercise
with
a
recognizable
cast.

Hector
P
Valenti
(Javier
Bardem),
an
aspiring
performer
and
magician
who
finds
it
difficult
to
get
a
stint
in
front
of
an
audience,
goes
to
an
exotic
pet
shop
in
search
of
a
new
act.
In
a
back
room
there,
he
finds
a
tiny
baby
crocodile
who
sings
in
Shawn
Mendes’
tenor
voice.
Hector
perfects
his
act
with
his
new
friend
Lyle,
but
when
it
comes
time
to
face
an
audience,
Lyle
just
can’t
perform.
Hector
is
forced
to
go
back
on
the
road
to
make
some
money
and
leaves
Lyle
in
the
attic,
promising
he
will
be
back.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Review

That’s
animal
cruelty
in
the
real
world
but
in
a
children’s
fantasy
like
this
it’s
just
another
event
meant
to
allow
a
new
needy
family
to
experience
Lyle
at
his
lilting,
adventurous
best.

The
Primms;
Katie
(Constance
Wu),
a
well-known
author
of
cook
books,
Joseph
(Scoot
McNairy)
a
school
teacher,
and
their
son,
Josh
(Winslow
Fegley),
a
struggling
loner
who
feels
alienated
in
a
city
like
New
York,
move
in.
Their
life
brims
with
happiness
and
excitement
after
meeting
Lyle
and
overcoming
the
initial
hijinks.
Everyone
here
is
grappling
with
self-esteem
issues
and
each
one
helps
the
other
in
coping
with
their
inadequacies.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Review

While
this
may
not
be
an
imminently
memorable
film,
it
manages
to
warm
the
cockles
of
your
heart
with
the
blandishment
of
accompanying
song
and
dance.
The
film
is
rather
unambitious
in
its
attempt
to
entertain
the
young
audience
it
is
targeted
at.
The
lighter
moments
here
are
facilitated
by
the
singing.
The
derivative
plotting
may
be
a
downer
but
the
high
cuteness
quotient
more
than
makes
up
for
it.

This
is
a
cheesy
family
entertainer
with
good
solid
performances
and
rather
fragile
writing.
If
you
are
not
expecting
much,
you
are
certain
to
be
entertained!

Story first published: Saturday, November 5, 2022, 9:21 [IST]

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