Kim Possible (2019) – Summary, Review (with Spoilers)

Kim Possible (2019) - Title Card
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This modernized version of Kim Possible could grow on you, but many of the jokes, and changes, including Kim being made insecure, may turn off older fans.


Director(s) Adam Stein, Zach Lipovsky
Written By Josh Cagan, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle
Date Released 2/15/2019
Genre(s) Action, Drama, Comedy
Good If You Like A Less Perfect Kim Possible

Seeing Kim On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown – Multiple Times

Corny Jokes

Isn’t For You If You Don’t Like When A Classic Show Gets Modernized

Wanted A Straight Adaptation of Kim Possible Like How Disney Has Been Adapting Most Of Its Movies From Animation To Live Action

Noted Cast
Kim Possible Sadie Stanley
Ron Sean Giambrone
Dr. Drakken Todd Stashwick
Shego Taylor Ortega
Athena Ciara Riley Wilson

Kim Possible Plot Summary

In some ways, Kim Possible is an origin story. One which addresses how Ron met Rufus and how Dr. Drakken became blue. However, when it comes to Ron meeting Kim, and why Shego is Dr. Drakken’s minion? That isn’t addressed. Instead, we get the aforementioned and Kim having a bit of a nervous breakdown. Why? Well, in the film, Ron and Kim meet a girl named Athena who is as good, if not better, at being a hero than Kim. Because of this, she has an identity crisis and we’re left to wonder whether Kim will get her life together or leave the hero stuff to Athena and Ron.

Highlights

Ron Stoppable

Ron (Sean Giambrone) flying through the air, crashing into minions.
Ron (Sean Giambrone)

Sean Giambrone is perfect casting, acting, and nails Ron Stoppable. While everyone else seemingly wanted to put their own spin on the classic characters or adapt them for modern times, it seems Giambrone recognized he had a classic character and only tweaked him slightly. Mostly in the form of him doing live feeds which seemed like a Ron thing to do. Outside of that, it seems Ron was left to be Ron, and for that I was grateful.

Criticism

The Modernizing Of The Characters & Story

I get Disney wants to be hip and cool, acknowledge how big Instagram and making selfies are, but it does so in such a way that makes most of the film so corny.

These Corny Ass Jokes

Notably this is seen in the jokes which range to a handful of funny ones, like Kim calling her mom and grandmother the Golden Girls, and Shego making jokes about Dr. Krakken’s hairline. However, those few good jokes are quickly passing reprieves compared to the million and one bad ones Dr. Krakken does and the kind of dialog which makes seeing this labeled a DCOM seem like a lie. Especially if you are used to the DCOMs from the 90s and early 00s.

It’s Predictable

While Kim having a mini-breakdown was a surprise, everything else in the film you’ll probably guess what will happen. I won’t go into specifics, but if you’ve watched enough movies, you’ll be able to figure out the entire plot of the movie within the first half hour. Heck, it may not even take that long.

On The Fence

Athena

Athena (Cirara Riley Wilson) hugging Kim.
Athena (Cirara Riley Wilson)

I gotta admit, multiple times in the movie Athena got me teary-eyed. With this character, we got some sense of heart and the feeling this wasn’t supposed to be an action/ comedy. Also, while Kim having a breakdown was supposed to be heart clenching, it fell flat. So, Athena seeming alone, Kim’s pep talk in the salon, and how things end for Athena, you may get a little emotional. I can damn near guarantee you won’t cry, but you may feel that if this film was consistent, they could get you.

Shego

Honestly, Shego is the only villain of this movie you will grow to love. While she isn’t an instant sell like Giambrone as Ron, she grows on you. Be it her sarcasm, her fighting, or her seeming over all the nonsense Dr. Drakken puts her through. By the end of the movie, you’ll feel for Shego and question why in the heck is she Dr. Drakken’s minion through thick and thin?

Miscellaneous Commentary

Is A Sequel Possible?

I’ll put it to you this way, this movie ends in such a way this could act as a pilot for a series.

Overall: Mixed (Stick Around)| Purchase, Rent, Get Tickets, or Merchandise On (Amazon)

Shego (Taylor Ortega) posing with a energy crystal.
Shego (Taylor Ortega)

While I wasn’t the hugest fan of Kim Possible when it first aired, I did watch it alongside That’s So Raven, and other classic Disney Channel shows. So, with that in mind, some of the updates to Kim required getting adjusted to. If only because Disney tried to have Kim Possible adapt into a post-Girl Meets World universe where characters have panic attacks and teenaged crises. All of which, maybe if the live action version continues, we can get used to.

However, what drives the mixed label is the jokes and modernizing of the story doesn’t work for all situations. Dr. Drakken is a clear example for in an attempt to harness that character, we get the biggest liability of the movie. Add in a predictable plot, which is strangely paired with emotional moments, and we get a movie which is seemingly going through puberty and struggling hard. Making the idea of a sequel, or a series, something of interest but also an idea which inspires caution.

 

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How Would You Rate This?

Negative Mixed Positive

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Ron Stoppable
95 %
The Modernizing Of The Characters & Story
65 %
These Corny Ass Jokes
64 %
It’s Predictable
70 %
Athena
80 %
Shego
85 %
New Jersey native Amari Allah has been writing reviews, in a "Media Advisor" capacity since 2011 and has been touching upon television, movies, books, live performances, video games, and more ever since. Using a fusion of his varied knowledge of entertainment, partly gained from being a Communications major in college, his love for visual and written media, as well an ever-evolving respect for both creators and the consumers they sell to.