In Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon
Movies’ family comedy “Imagine That,” Eddie Murphy stars as
a successful financial executive who has more time for his
blackberry than his seven-year-old daughter (Yara Shahidi).
When he has a crisis of confidence and his career starts
going down the drain, however, he finds the solution to all
his problems in his daughter’s imaginary world.
known for the screenplays of "Chicken Run", "The Spiderwick
Chronicles" and for the direction of the animated film "Over
the Hedge" Karey Kirkpatrick makes his second directorial
outing with "Imagine That". A film that is not as bad as it
look in its trailer, but is not more than average.
After watching the trailer
of this movie, I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much
out of it. And during the actual film showing, I was getting ready to either take nap or to
leave the theater in the middle of the presentation.
Yet, Eddie Murphy and Yara Shahidi save the film with a
couple of comic scenes and some daughter father endearing
The film is in the
tradition of "Daddy Day Care" and "The Game Plan"; child vs.
adult that after a few misadventures end up in a happy
ending. After the separation of her parents, young Olivia
ends up contemplating a magical world under her blue blanket
or Goo-Gaa which turns out to have spiritual powers that can
predict financial outcomes in the stock market. When
her greedy father finds out this, he becomes entrapped in
his daughter's magical world realizing there is nothing more
magical than the time they spend together and being a
While the message of family
values is clean and clear for all audiences, the financial
misadventures of Eddie Murphy can be quite confusing for the
young audiences. Furthermore, the film is very
predictable and lacks cinematography creativity, which is
eye catching a enjoyable for children. Needless to
say, the title of the film is misleading and would have kids
saying "what was that?"
Review by The Critic
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