Warning: This review may contain some spoilers (though I try not to use spoilers) for the movie so if you’ve seen it or don’t care about spoilers please keep reading. If you plan on watching or don’t like spoilers then read at own risk. Even though I’ve tried to avoid spoilers there could still be some.
Title: Troop Zero
Network: Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 17th January 2020
Cast: McKenna Grace, Allison Janney, Viola Davis, Jim Gaffigan, Charlie Shotwell, Johanna Colón, Milan Ray, Bella Higginbotham.
Director: Katie Ellwood, Amber Templemore- Finlayson as Bert & Bertie
Writer: Lucy Alibar
Genre: Comedy, Family, Drama
Run Time: 1hr 34min
My Rating: 7/10
Movie Summary: In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond.
Review: This movie had a lot of heart and made you feel for the kids the whole time you’re watching. You want them to succeed and win and mend the issues they struggle with the whole movie. To be better than people think they are and to leave their mark in space.
McKenna Grace as Christmas Flint was precious and as she always is outstandingly talented. The character had big dreams and no idea how she would achieve them, but with all determination in the world she found a way. She was a lonely girl that had one friend that no one seemed to understand, she was bullied for something she couldn’t control and missed her mama dearly and this opportunity gives her the push and hope she needed.
I love that the misfit group she formed were all lonely children, coming from a trailer park life, all struggling with something and that needed each other even if they wouldn’t admit to it. By being brought together to be a Birdie they had to realise areas they had talents in that they never would have thought to try otherwise and learn to be friends and not be so alone. The friendship these kids formed was beautiful and natural, none of them feeling they needed each other until a time came when they had to find their strength to help each other.
It was a slow paced movie and didn’t make me laugh as I’d expected it would do, it was still a very entertaining and great movie. I do feel something was lacking in it but I’m not sure exactly what it was. The cast were all amazing, talented and worked well together, each offering a different element to the movie.
One thing I didn’t like was the way the other Birdie Scouts were they were horrible for literally no reason at all, usually in a bully group they’d be one weaker one that would be slightly kinder behind the leaders back but not in this case. I understand why they had them be the way they were to make your heart feel for Troop Zero more but still the whole lot of Birdie Scouts were horrible even when at the jamboree. They were all such an annoying contradiction to the song they sang at camp.
Overall I liked this movie and enjoyed watching it, seeing the sweet story unfolding and the friendships forming. The end scene of the movie was really heartwarming and wrapped the movie up perfectly.