“Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me.” is a song many of us grew up with when it comes to one of Disney Channel’s best animated series, Kim Possible. The show features a high school girl named Kim Possible who saves the world with her best friend Ron, his naked mole rat Rufus, and a computer geek named Wade. Together they make up Team Possible. Inspired by the animated series, the studio that brought us Teen Beach and Descendants, brings Kim Possible to life in their new live-action movie available on DVD March 26th.
I received a copy of Kim Possible on DVD to do a review.
Note: SPOILERS ahead.
Kim Possible the movie takes place in the time before the animated series. In the animated series, Kim Possible is 16 year old teen, confident, and taking on some of the most dastardly super-villains. In the movie, she has been thwarting evil villains but has yet to embark on her most dangerous mission yet…being a freshman in High School.
Kim Possible the movie is actually a pretty decent Disney Channel movie. The graphics weren’t half bad, Sadie Stanley is an awesome actor who did Kim Possible justice, we get to see Christy Carlson Romano (YAY), and the story line is meaningful and action packed. I call it a win all around.
When the movie first starts, the audience dives into an immediate life threatening scenario where Kim and Ron must save a scientist and the world from dying in a sparkly acidic sludge. But it turns out to be “so not the drama” as Kim saves the day with the help from Wade. Ron, well he was there and…helpful. I will admit the whole scene felt a little cartoonish, but then again, Kim Possible is based off of a cartoon so it works.
The drama begins when Kim and Ron start high school and find that their freshman year will be harder than planned. Kim soon discovers that freshman can’t be on the soccer team, classrooms are on separate ends of the school (making her always late), and no matter what she does, perfection seems impossible to reach, especially when a new friend, Athena, joins their team out-shinning Kim from the moment she gets her hair done. All this leads to the fading of Kim’s spark, which gives the evil Dr. Drakken and Shego a chance to once again try and take over the world.
With her spark diminished, Kim seeks assistance from her family to find out who she is since she isn’t the best crime fighter. She learns from her grandma that crime fighting is what she does, not who she is. So just like Kim’s life has changed by entering high school, so does her perception of who she is or who she is meant to be. Meaning, Kim is one step closer to becoming that 16 year old, confident, crime fighting hero we all totally love.
I found it pretty awesome that instead of Kim seeking help from someone outside of her family unit, she actually looks to her grandma, mom, and dad. Her faith in her family is actually what helps her overcome the new feelings of inadequacy, making her even more confident and heroic. No matter what happens, her family is there to help, proving once again that anything is possible for a Possible.
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