For our lunchtime movie, the wifey decided to watch something that was kid friendly as all of our kids were up and we wanted to watch something off my list we found Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile a live-action animation movie about a crocodile that a magician finds and although the magician does not have the best of intentions for the crocodile Hector plays alongside Lyle and tries to get him to make money for him when playing big concert shows as Lyle the crocodile can sing and is a pop singer you may say. However, Lylie the crocodile suffers from stage fright and cannot sing in front of a public crowd and the whole cartoon is about him trying to break his stage fright and be accepted by the public as a friendly neighbourhood crocodile.
The movie is just over 90mins and you have to be ready for a musical more than a movie for me this can be seen as a full-length music video that you could watch in Australia on Rage or anywhere in the world on MTV.
The crocodile’s voice is played by Shawn Mendes and you guessed it Shawn only sings there are no spoken words by Shawn he only sings songs that are nicely added to the rest of the character’s dialogue and fit in other than that the crocodile just mimes like you could say a Mr Bean reptile.
After some time has passed in the movie family movies in with Lyle unexpectedly and the mum is played by Constance Wu you will remember from Crazy Rich Asians. The dad is played by Scoot Mcnairy and the young son is played by Winslow Figley.
I normally like and even love musicals unlike my wife but my wife did not mind this and I wanted it to be over sooner than it was although near the end of the movie is when I actually got into the movie as most of the storyline earlier is something that is typical and stuff that you have seen before and although it has twists and turns its nothing to go OMG I never saw that coming… I would really want to feel something in this movie and when they built the story early on you do but later on it’s like meh another thing is when Josh the young son befriends the crocodile you see a storyline about strength independence and friendship however there are two scenes one with Josh and his mum going on a rooftop excursion dumpster diving and I really did not see that as appropriate as the crocodile would eat from what he got from the leftovers that they threw away from the restaurants. Not my cuppa tea thank you very much.
Something for maybe the 7-year-old to 10 year-olds my 4-year-old girl was not interested at all. A one-time watch for me and something that you could keep in your movie library for the younger viewers if you have guests with kids etc coming over. IMDB gives this a 6.1/10 I give it a 5/10