Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Review – IGN

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is now in theaters.

A crocodile can’t live in a house… right? Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile This very question arises when the Primm family moves into their new New York apartment to find an alligator living in the attic. Oh, and he can sing too. Based on Bernard Waber’s classic children’s picture book, it’s a cute and whimsical story about finding your place in the world. Whimsical family music hitting all the right beats, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile has bags of charm and some funny catchy songs. Seriously, your kids will be singing all days long.

Throw in some silly gags and a really heartwarming story that all adds up to a family movie that should put a smile on everyone’s face. Sure, it’s a little derivative, but it’s charming enough that you don’t really care.

Lyle (Shawn Mendes), well… a crocodile. Not talking, either – a singing crocodile. He was discovered in the back of a pet store by Hector B Valente (Javier Bardem), a vaudeville entertainer desperate for his big break. But while Lyle’s soothing tones are music to Hector’s ears, there’s a problem: Lyle suffers from stage fright. But Lyle, Lyle, the crocodile is more than just a crocodile finding its voice. It helps the Primm family find their family, too.

You see, after Hector gets back on the road, Lyle goes to live in his attic…and when the Prem family takes over the lease, it’s exactly the kind of fun, shenanigans-fueled setup you might expect. No, it’s not terribly original. However, Lyle, Lyle, and Crocodile treat the worn story with a new sensitivity that makes Lyle more than just a family comic.

Lyle speaks a song, so Mendes is perfect for the role – no real acting needed. However, he is a very friendly type of crocodile, helping each of the Brem family to embrace life and live on their own terms. It’s the kind of cute emotion you’d expect from a movie like Lyle and Lyle and Crocodile… but it really works. Lyle is clearly the star of the show, super cute with a broad and hopeful innocence. However, each of The Primms brings their own desires and struggles to the table, elevating them to more than just children’s cartoons.

Josh (Winslow Fegley) is a young boy who struggles to fit in. It gets ten times worse when he’s forced to start a new school and make new friends, but Lyle helps the eccentric find his feet. The hilarious “fight” scene between Lyle and Josh’s father, Joseph (Scott McEnery), helps him find his inner strength — on hand when a high school teacher has to deal with naughty kids at his new school.

There’s a lot to love about Javier Bardem’s performance, and you might well argue that he steals every scene in it.


Likewise, Javier Bardem nails him to the wondrously eccentric but unlucky Hector. In fact, he gives the role a vibrant energy befitting the style of vaudeville and the dancing man. There’s a lot to love about Bardem’s performance, and you’d probably argue that he steals every scene in it. Are you exaggerating? Absolutely. But so joyfully.

One big surprise comes in the form of Brett Gilman as Mr. Grumps. Yes, Murray from Weird things He is the always eccentric family neighbor. He’s a busy, mean-spirited person you just love to hate. And his looks really help balance out the movie, so he’s not too sweet.

Directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon have put together a quirky look for the classic children’s book standing on its feet. Sharp text with a modern twist gives writer William Davis an edge of Lyle and Lyle and just enough crocodile to keep things interesting. The episodic comedic moments have been enough success, while kids of all ages will adore her musical numbers.

Mendes may not be doing any actual acting, but he does Many Weightlifting with movie soundtrack. Taking a look at us now is the real highlight – the kind of earworm you’ll be trying to get rid of for weeks. But you might as well give up, you’re not going anywhere. It also raises the level of happiness.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile isn’t terribly original, but plenty of really touching moments underpin the well-crafted and whimsical story of belonging. Speck and Gordon walk a fine line between overly warm and overly mushy, but the whimsical tone and sharp text keep things from veering too far from overly emotional. There’s a lot to love about Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, and Bardem as he really sings like an old showman while wowing Mendes with some real, crowd-pleasing songs. This alligator rocks, and kids will love it.

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