A pleasant surprise, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile made me smile, a lot. It might be the perfect film to snuggle on the sofa.
Before we dive deeper into the movie, let’s be honest. The plot isn’t anything new: An emotional tale about finding your voice, following your passion, and the power of found family. I’ve seen that plot so many times I was skeptical.
However, a surprisingly charismatic and musical performance by Javier Bardem singing and dancing was great fun. The simple plotting and broad characterization is bolstered by some effective special effects work, and performer interaction with the towering, computer-generated crocodile is impressively seamless throughout.
A disarming easy watch that isn’t too taxing on the adults in the audience, the movie and its main character will keep the kids transfixed time and time again. I might be considered an adult, but after watching the movie, I really want a pet crocodile that can sing. Terrific fun. Is it too much to ask?
However, halfway thru the movie, I expected a villain. Or at least a protagonist. What we got was underwhelming to say the least.
Should you watch it?
If you’re searching for a sweet, good-hearted family movie, look no further than Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile. Parents may not be beguiled, but the movie is bound to make most children smile.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile on Amazon Prime Video in Canada.