Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve has been released and we are loving it. In the event that you figured the film would be only a cutesy story capitalizing on TV’s sudden reboot flood, well, you’d be mistaken. It’s the ideal hybrid of relevancy and nostalgia, repurposing a 2000s favorite as a woke — albeit mushy — holiday parody. Read along Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve Review.
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve Review
The film by and by observes Eve the doll spring up, yet this time, she does as such to save a failing toy company — and the dampened 20-something, Grace Martin (Francia Raisa), who’s been left to run it while her mother is in jail. You may have been disappointed to learn star Lindsay Lohan won’t appear, yet rest assured that you disregard Casey Stuart’s absence as soon as you start handling the confounding stream of popular culture and recent development references Life-Size flings at you. Some of them are genuinely winced commendable and over the top, however at the vast majority of them, you can’t help yet laugh.
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve Cast
- Tyra Banks as Eve
- Francia Raisa as Grace
- Gavin Stenhouse as Calum
- Shanica Knowles as Tahlia
- Hank Chen as Brendan
- Alison Fernandez as Lex
Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve Storyline
At the outset, the 2018 shoutouts are rare. A frantic Eve keeps running into Lil Yachty as a beatboxer in the city corner and casually endeavors to participate by shouting a cluster of babyish mouth sounds. She at that point continues to tip him with a bill from Sunnyvale Bank, and Yachty isn’t awed. Truly, that same exaggerated blamelessness and charm that Banks conveyed to the original film remain, and it’s similarly as endearing and enjoyable this time around.
The film tackles more substantive issues, as well. Amid an entertainment industry demanding more representation, Life-Size 2 carries its weight. Not exclusively is the main cast contained almost altogether of non-white individuals, it also attempts to normalize strange relationships. One of Grace’s closest companions is a gay man, and while he verges on being the token G.B.F., he is delineated in a happy relationship with another man without making it A Thing. Also, when Grace is astonished by Eve’s restoration, she wakes up alongside her after a night out and automatically assumes they snared. “Did we…? Am I your first girl?” she starts to ask Eve as she opens her eyes.
After that, the shoutouts come flooding in. Grace calls a gathering of youthful children “little thots” — an amazingly 2018 slang term — and, on a more genuine note, yells out the #MeToo development when Eve endeavors to inspire her to sit on Santa’s lap. Grace explains, “A lot has changed this past year,” Grace explains. “There’s been an entire movement that suggests two women sitting on a powerful man’s lap as he offers them gifts while shouting ‘Ho ho ho ho’ is not exactly P.C.” The main jab that’s absent is a Trump joke or a more explicit reference to legislative issues, however, perhaps that was the place scholars took a stand.
What’s not missing, however, is flossing kids (not the dental cleanliness practice, but rather the Instagram dance move), notice of the viral online market slaughtering the toy business, and tweens eating sushi and jab bowls. Gracious, and images of female strengthening. There are loads of those, especially toward the end.
Eve isn’t simply set for save the Eve doll line and the place where she grew up of Sunnyvale, she’s determined to engage Grace — and everyone else who plays with the dolls — to be the “badass lady boss” she realizes she is where it counts. With the end goal to accomplish that mission, she works with Grace and a gathering of children to rebrand Eve’s persona from a restricting six-furnish wardrobe (counting Beauty Pageant Eve and Bridal Eve) to an Eve who “manufactures certainty and teaches tolerance.”
Obviously, while Grace is preparing to save the company with the Eve rebrand, her kindred official Marathon Toys board individuals vote to constrain her resignation. In any case, when the new CEO endeavors to pitch a line of computer game apps at a company summit, Grace steps onstage and physically takes the receiver from him decisively. “I have some things to say,” she proclaims before revealing the lineup of dolls that make up Eve 2.0.
Those dolls incorporate Woke Eve, Love will be Love Eve, Curvalicious Eve, Quarterback Eve, and CEO Eve, and they aren’t simply toys. They motivate children to be unapologetically glad for their identity. With that and a quite horrendous however forgivable lip match up to the remix of the original Eve doll jingle, real-life Eve must utilize her magic to come back to Sunnyvale. Mission accomplished.
“Sunnyvale needs me,” she says to Grace before saying farewell. Meanwhile, the new Eve dolls are already on missions of their own. Woke Eve wants to “stage a march at the capital,” and Love will be Love Eve is watching out for a young lady in Arkansas with a broken heart, disclosing to her that although it doesn’t appear it, it will show signs of improvement. “What you have done is truly magical,” Eve tells Grace with a grin. At that point, she disappears into a familiar gleaming haze.
So while 2018 may not feel magical in actuality, Life-Size 2 fills in as an (occasionally senseless) update that there was at least a pinch of magic in it. It’s only somewhat hard to see through — much the same as Eve’s haze of sparkle.