Today we’re talking about the 2023 film Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie.
Note: I watched the English dub and have been a long time fan of the TV show.
This was a simplified version of the show’s story with minor changes to make it fit in a movie format. Best to think of it as a alternate reality from the show if you’re a fan.
The descriptions and explanations seem fairly straightforward for those who don’t know the show.
The story, however, was very reductive and about the same as any other teen superhero story.
It did flow well and end well so I’ll give it credit for that.
The characters were fun but unfortunately fairly shallow. Marinette was well developed and definitely the star, but Adrien was underdeveloped and bland.
The secondary characters felt underused and I’m not sure a casual audience would care about them.
The changes to Marinette and Gabriel were effective in making the story more believable.
The dialogue was quippy and funny, showing that despite the changes, the writers and actors were comfortable with the characters.
There are a few deep lines and what dialogue there is it’s well used.
I feel like the movie could have used more dialogue and less singing.
Visuals and Music
The movie was colourful, well animated, and pretty. The action was engaging and often well balanced with humour.
The music was lovely, although the transition from voice actor to singing voice was a little jarring with Marinette and Adrien.
Music, like action scenes, should be developing character and plot in a way that can’t be done otherwise. The songs need to be catchy and do all that. The song were catchy, but only did minor developments. The time could have been better used to develop the characters with dialogue.
We’ve now watched all four seasons available in Canada and we warned the kids in advance that this was a different story. They’ve seen enough Cinderella versions to get that idea. There were a few moments where they would ask why the characters weren’t doing what they would do in the show, but overall they seemed to love it. Lots of giggles in the opening scene with the gargoyle.
The adults enjoyed it as well. This was fun and low angst.
A fun movie which suffers from watering down the world for a new audience and trying to force the story into a standard superhero format. Despite being an easy watch, its secondary characters are as forgettable as the songs.
Final Score: 3 Stars out of 5