Welcome to Day 4 of Quarantine Movie Reviews. This week has been all about movies that I haven’t seen, that you are able to view on Disney+.
So far, I have watched and reviewed:
A Goofy Movie
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Today, I will be reviewing one of the first couple of original movies that came to Disney+ since it launched back in November. That movie is, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.
I chose this movie because, for one, I have never seen it. Second, I would have never of watched it if it wasn’t for Quarantine Movie Reviews and it is always nice to watch something different!
This film is about an 11 year old boy named Timmy Failure who lives in Portland, Oregon. He runs his own detective agency from his mothers closet. His partner in crime is a giant polar bear. He lives with his single mother who is very supportive of his little detective agency project and is always pushing him to go bigger in his ventures.
I will try my best and describe what I think this plot is.
Timmy is more invested in his detective agency than he is in his schoolwork.
One day, the class hamster, who was being watched by another student, suddenly dies. Timmy uses a Segway to go to the scene of the crime. As he leaves the scene of the crime, the Segway is missing. Timmy describes this to his friend Rollo, and he believes that both of these happenings are linked to the Russians. It just so happens that one of their classmates is 25% Russian.
This movie continues to try and solve the crime as well as make Timmy become more invested in his schoolwork.
Yes, it was a short summary, but I believe that my thoughts will help piece the story together, so bare with me.
- This movie is cute. Seeing a kid who wants to solve crimes and have a supportive cast around him is fantastic to see.
- His mother is very supportive and I am ALL FOR THAT! I love seeing a kid have support from his parent(s) with silly ventures like this. Having strict parents shut down fun activities that a kid does to entertain themselves is always sad to see.
- His mother goes on a date with a slubby looking dude who is definitely described as a ‘Chris Pratt type.’ Watch this movie and not just imagine that the director told the actor to deliver every line like Pratt would.
- Craig Robinson (The Office) plays the principal in this movie and I loved him. He actually listened to Timmy and worked with him in Timmy’s own, unique way to help him keep doing his detective business, as well as pay more attention to his schoolwork.
- Does this want me to have a pet polar bear? Yes.
- Probably 25 minutes before the credits roll at the end of the film, that is when we hit the climax of the movie. That was when the movie gave us that heart-breaking low of Timmy’s mother taking his detective agency away from him. Felt that it should’ve been earlier than that.
- The agency shutdown only lasted about 5 minutes. It should’ve been a bit longer. Have him talk to more people about the agency shutting down. We did see him in school paying attention. But if they extended that a little bit, it would’ve been a better payoff for when the agency picks back up at the end of the film.
- In addition to that, the movie was about 30 minutes longer than it had to be. I believe the movie runtime was around 1 hour 40 minutes. This movie could have easily been 1 Hour 20 minutes. Cut some scenes out, and move up the climax of the film. Doing that would’ve made it a tighter cut which would’ve been much better for this film.
Lots of thoughts about this movie. I originally thought it would be a shorter review, but when I looked at my notes, I realized that this movie could’ve been better than what was presented.
I didn’t have any expectations when I started watching the movie. All I knew going into it, was that it was a fun kids movie and I would probably think too much into it.
Saying that, I didn’t think too much into it because it is a fun concept. A kid with his pet polar bear running a detective agency solving minor crimes like a missing backpack and a dead class hamster.
The only drawbacks of the film, as you may have seen in my Thoughts section, was the sequence of events and just how it was edited a little bit.
But after watching the movie and looking back at it, it wasn’t a bad movie, but it had the potential to be a good movie.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made was…
If you want a fun movie to watch with your young ones, probably age 12 and under, this is a great movie to watch with the family. The polar bear was super adorable in its scenes and it was an enjoyable time!
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