Walt Disney Studios latest live-action comedy is “Magic Camp”, which tells the story of how a group of misfit campers help a down-on-his-luck magician, played by Adam Devine, who rediscovers his love of magic.
Being totally honest, I wasn’t expecting a massive amount from this film, as it was initially supposed to be released back in 2018. It was delayed and announced as being a future release on Disney+, and the trailer was only released earlier this week, and Disney has done very little publicity for the film. Usually, this is a warning sign that Disney has no faith in the film, it’s bad, or they were worried about the reaction to people knowing Jeffrey Tambor, who has been accused of harassment, was in it.
However, I was wrong about “Magic Camp” being bad, as it’s a fun light-hearted comedy. It isn’t going to win any awards, it doesn’t break any boundaries and certainly isn’t a Disney classic, but I enjoyed it. In a time when we have very few movies being released, “Magic Camp” is at least something new, though maybe slightly forgettable.
The characters in this film are very one dimensional, especially the kids, who all play their role perfectly and all bring something interesting to the movie. These kids make the movie, because they are outcasts, but together they become a team and while it’s very clichéd, it’s still fun to watch the kids grow in confidence and find themselves, throughout the film.
Adam Devine is an interesting choice as a lead actor on the film, as he often comes across more of the goofy sidekick character and is believable as someone who never quite got a break. However, the love interest storyline with Kristina Darkwood (played by Gillian Jacobs), was completely pointless and never went anywhere.
It’s a shame “Magic Camp” got put on the shelf for so long or that Disney didn’t promote it. It’s a pleasant family-friendly movie. It’ll entertain, especially with all the magic tricks shown throughout the film.
If you want a nice family-friendly movie to keep the kids entertained this weekend, “Magic Camp” shouldn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed it and feel it’s worth adding to your watch list. It might not keep you laughing throughout, but its got a lovely heartwarming story that viewers will no doubt relate to. I doubt they’ll want to watch it again, but with so few of these mid-tier movies released nowadays, “Magic Camp” does fit the bill, by keeping the family entertained.
Rating – 3 out of 5
Did you watch “Magic Camp”? What did you think of it?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.