Director: Mark Waters
Genre: Comedy, Family
Runtime: 100 Minutes
Main Cast: Adam Devine, Jeffrey Tambor, Gillian Jacobs, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Cole Sand, Isabella Crovetti, Josie Totah, Hayden Crawford
Plot: This is exactly what you expect a live action Disney movie called Magic Camp to be. Theo is a talented, aspiring magician, missing his recently-passed father (it’s not Disney without a dead parent, is it?) but preparing for the summer of his life at Magic Camp, which is very much Disney’s Hogwarts.
My Thoughts: I don’t even know how Magic Camp ended up on my radar. I’ve been away from blogging for a while again (2020 sucks) and since the Mulan/Disney+ announcement I haven’t opened the app in case it tried to charge me extra to watch Hamilton for the 30th time this week. A cheesy family movie starring Adam Devine featuring magic though? I made sure I watched it on opening night! This is just the kind of movie I’m unashamed to say I enjoy a lot, and it ticked all my boxes.
He’s not one of my many, many crushes but I just find Adam Devine so watchable. He isn’t in many movies I would rave about and say are amazing, but then again I’ve never seen a movie he’s in that I hated. This is just an effortless role for him. He’s down on his luck, facing his nemesis and ex, and trying his hardest to pull the tiniest bit of talent from these kids.
Yes, it’s horribly predictable. It contains almost every cliche in the book. It’s not novel, new, there are no surprises. But it’s entertaining, funny enough and made me cry 1 and a half times. It would have been 2 but my husband watched this with me and was already rolling his eyes so I held it in. He’ll tell you it was pretty terrible, but he’d be lying. He doesn’t sit and watch anything to the end unless he’s super into it.
Best Bit: I’m such a sucker for magic. I’ve consumed almost all the magic shows on Netflix during lockdown so the show that the kids put on at the end of camp was no doubt my favourite part.
Worst Bit: If my husband is going to actually watch a movie with me, I’m not going to complain. But man oh man, he has this annoying talent for seeing even the slightest plot twist or surprise a mile away, and he can’t keep it to himself either. There’s no way in hell I’m taking him to see Tenet!
Fun Trivia: Real-life magicians were employed to teach the actors and to maintain authenticity. Among them is acclaimed magician Justin Willman, who had worked with Gillian Jacobs on Love (2016).
My Rating: 3 and a half bunny rabbits wandering around the camp…now who’s going to explain to the kids how they keep multiplying?