Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie Review
Here’s my Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie review which opens October 11 from Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Philippines.
When a magical meteor crash lands in Adventure City, it gives the PAW Patrol pups superpowers, transforming them into The MIGHTY PUPS. For Skye, the smallest member of the team, her new powers are a dream come true. But things take a turn for the worse when the pups’ archival Humdinger breaks out of jail and teams up with a mad scientist to steal the superpowers for the two villains. With the fate of Adventure City hanging in the balance, the Mighty Pups have to stop the supervillains before it’s too late,and Skye will need to learn that even the smallest pup can make the biggest difference.
The pups are back for a second big screen appearance and this time things are mightier than ever. The Paw Patrol (with movie exclusive character pup Liberty) are faces bigger challenges in Adventure City with a new villain Victoria Vance (Taraji Henson) with a bigger chip on her shoulders.
The film’s a standard fun time movie your kids will enjoy and it’s got standard humor for kids with some nice little nuggets of wisdom here and there. Plus we get some new costumes for the pups and new tech as well. Love the designs here. Even the baddies that appear in the film are designed to catch kids’ attention.
The bigger “wow” factor for me is letting Chase slow down and putting the spotlight on the Patrol’s resident flyer Skye. We get her backstory, her emotional trauma. That one bit is what really drove the story forward about Skye moving past her baggage and letting go of the negative feelings she’s been harboring. It’s heartbreaking and a stark reminder that even the most cool and collected among us have deep scars within them. Luckily for us, by the end of the film, those emotional hang ups and baggages get thrown out the window and we get a good ending.
And I kid you not, you get some feels here with the little puppy’s feelings and outlook. Like because she’s smaller than the other pups, she has to work twice as hard compared to her other teammates. We’ve all been there so it hits harder if you see that in the screen.
Then there’s also a subplot about Liberty and her lagging behind with the powers while the other team members are already out and about with theirs. It teaches kids the value of pacing and developing in their time. Its something that you can miss easily but it’s still something that you can point out to your kids when they find themselves in the same situation.
Given how the movie and the TV show aren’t usually connected, it could be confusing to see whether we’ll see the powers element of the film coming to the series although IIRC there was a season of the show where they did have powers.