Migration: Movie Review

Migration Movie Review: Fun Time for the Family

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Hailing from Illumination, we had high expectations for "Migration" in terms of distinct and memorable characters. However, this is where the film falls short. The characters and even its narrative come across as rather generic. Despite this lack of uniqueness, the film compensates with an enjoyable road trip adventure catering specifically to its target demographic: families with young kids, much like ours.

While patriarch Mack (Kumail Nanjiani) is content with his duck family, the Mallards, leisurely paddling around their New England pond indefinitely, matriarch Pam (Elizabeth Banks) and their children – teenage son Dax (Caspar Jennings) and duckling daughter Gwen (Tresi Gazal) – yearn to explore the vast world beyond. Inspired by a migrating duck family sharing thrilling tales of far-flung places, Pam persuades Mack to embark on a family adventure, journeying from New York City to tropical Jamaica.

The film's standout feature, undoubtedly, is its vibrant and colorful visuals. Certain scenes leap off the screen, resembling literal works of art. Following closely is the movie's consistent delivery of entertaining scenes. While the narrative lacks originality and follows a predictable trajectory, its straightforward and uncomplicated approach made this an approachable and no nonsense affair easy to digest by younger audiences. The voice cast performs admirably, with Keegan-Michael Key's portrayal of Delroy being a pleasant surprise. It's worth noting that "Migration" primarily targets a younger audience. Consequently, if viewed as an adult without younger companions, the film may not resonate as effectively. It caters to children first and adults second, which is a drawback as it may lack the material to fully engage the latter. In short, "Migration" falls somewhere between being great and bad; it does enough to provide a momentary enjoyable experience for the family.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

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