REVIEW OF WONDER PARK

Synopsis and information obtained from ComingSoon.net
Edited by Ariel Landrum

Grade: C-

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Usually March is a time for studios to release movies free of heavy competition.  Also, it could be a time to release a little something “for the kids,” while slightly violent action blockbusters start to trickle into the cinemas. Wonder Park made it to theaters shortly after the first big summer blockbuster of the year, Captain Marvel. Unfortunately, any parent looking for a movie appropriate for their kids, which would be a lighter option then a superhero movie, would be extremely disappointed.

Surprisingly, Wonder Park is pretty dark for a kids movie. Think along the lines of a cartoonish fantasy-like Jurassic Park. Wonder Park follows a girl whose mother’s declining health, coupled with the child’s imagination, create creatures that try to kill her and her friends in Wonderland.

When June (voiced by Brianna Denski) tries to return home from a summer camp, she runs into Wonderland. June’s imagination dreamt up the theme park with crazy rides that would not be at all possible in real life. When June enters Wonderland she realizes that since she has not thought of Wonderland in a while, things have taken a turn for the worst, in need of repair. With the help of her fictitious friends (brought to life in the movie), June is sent on a crazy adventure to defeat “the darkness” and bring about happiness to the land she dreamt up.

Wonder Park’s animation is beautiful, with the choice of vibrant colors. Unfortunately, the movie has actual dark tinted moments, which damper the art within the film.

Some parts of Wonder Park were confusing, because the film never really reveals if the park was real and all the hijinx actually happened, or if it was all just a huge daydream/nightmare for June. The movie has an Inception-esq moment as it wraps up, which left me in a state of confusion.

For the kids who probably were just there for the cute sights of animals, it is fine as an hour and a half distraction. For the adults in the audience trying to pay attention to the story, the plot holes were frustrating. If you have already seen everything else in theaters, and are desperate to kill an hour and a half, check this film out. Otherwise, your time can easily be spent elsewhere.

Rated: PG (for some mild thematic elements and action)
Director: Dylan Brown
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey Tambor, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Brianna Denski, Norbert Leo Butz, Ken Hudson Campbell
Genre: Animation

Plot Summary:
Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.

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