The Worst Film of the Year So Far: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
In 2022, films like Morbius and Minions: The Rise of Gru became memes. However, there was no way to have foreseen a unique encounter like Lyle, Lyle, and Crocodile. Shawn Mendes plays Lyle, a singing crocodile who resides in a Manhattan flat, in this musical comedy.
Their lives are upended when a family comes into the apartment, leading to an adventure with pop tunes, shoddy CGI, and the most formulaic plot imaginable. Words cannot adequately express what the hell this movie was.
We have heard tales involving a boy and his dog. There have been tales about a youngster and his robot. Prepare yourself for a tale of a child and his pet crocodile now. After Lyle is discovered by Hector P. Valenti, a charming magician played by Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem, the movie introduces us to him.
After being praised for his portrayal of a psychotic killer in No Country for Old Men and just after receiving an Oscar nomination for his work in Being the Ricardos, Bardem appears in an unexpected role as a singing, energetic showman. What led to this? Bardem gives a heartfelt performance in this movie, and I can’t even begin to express how fantastic it is that he consented to work on it.
The family is introduced to us by Lyle, Lyle, and Crocodile then. Constance Wu and Scoot McNairy portray our parents, and Winslow Fegley plays their neurotic son Josh who is relocating to New York City. He is introduced in the most conventional and cliched way possible as the new kid at school who eats lunch alone and gets no attention.
All he wants is a buddy, but he is picked on. But fortunately for him, his attic is home to a singing crocodile. Josh and Lyle become the best of friends after one or two excursions. Unfortunately, because the narrative forces them to get to this stage, their connection doesn’t feel organic or one that developed naturally over time.
However, there are so many problems with how these ideals are put into practice that everything starts to seem absurd. For instance, there ought to be legislation prohibiting situations in which people find bizarre CGI monsters in their homes and they scream at one another.
This was done in Sonic the Hedgehog and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and it is done once more when Wu’s character finds Lyle having a bath. Actually, the entire film is incredibly formulaic and predictable. Because it is a parody of every other family movie with a similar premise, I knew what the entire movie would be about before it even started.
A family film with an almost identical plot to this one, Clifford the Big Red Dog, was released less than a year before we saw this one.
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile stands out because it has a genuine crocodile that sings and interacts with live people. Despite this, the idea is completely flawed. First of all, it is ridiculous to imagine Shawn Mendes’ well-known pop song voice emerging from a crocodile.
The voice and character design are just plain out of character, so it doesn’t look or sound appropriate. Second, Lyle doesn’t say a word in this movie’s dialogue. Almost all of the words he says are included in the film’s soundtrack. With the addition of a gigantic crocodile, it appears less like a movie and more like a Shawn Mendes album being adapted for the big screen.
As you watch this bizarre movie, you won’t believe your eyes. Even now, it doesn’t seem like a real movie. It resembles a fever dream or a mockery of an actual film. Like a bogus movie playing on TV while a real movie scenario is taking place.
In the most ironic way possible, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile really amusing. Despite being the worst film of the year, I couldn’t help but laugh silly and have several occasions where my jaw dropped. The movie feels like it never establishes any real character drama, instead shoving chunks of it in one at a time. The story rhythms are absurd.
Additionally, Josh encounters Kara Delaney at school throughout the movie (Lyric Hurd). She first seems to send Josh a friend request, then vanishes for nearly an hour before reappearing and claiming to be Josh’s buddy.
Because her character only ever aids Josh once in the movie’s last act, I get the idea that many of her parts were removed. Since the script is so bad, it occasionally seems as though the actors aren’t even pretending to understand what they’re saying. It’s rare for me to see a movie so bad, so this may be one of the most bizarre experiences I’ve ever had, but it may also be one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen.
A masterpiece could exist in Lyle, Lyle, and Crocodile. In its own way, it is brilliant. Pasek and Paul, two immensely gifted songwriters best known for their work on the musicals La La Land, The Greatest Showman, and Dear Evan Hansen, are the authors of the songs. The best parts of this film are their songs since there are a few memorable ones, but the direction and musical numbers are weak. This movie is appropriate for both young audiences and inebriated adults. Would you be interested in viewing a crocodile in a courtroom in real time? You would, without a doubt. Look no further than this awful masterpiece.
A score of 2 is considered to be “Terrible,” as stated in the ComingSoon review policy. The movie is practically beyond saving, and it was probably a waste of everyone’s time.
Disclosure: The reviewer was present at the international premiere of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.