Kim Possible: So the Drama Review

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Ron: There are guys out there that are better for you than Erik… guys that are real, for one thing.

Beware: Spoilers may follow.

While the first Kim Possible movie is the better of the two movies, it mostly feels like an extended episode. This movie however, feels more like a movie with a bigger weight in pacing and investment. This was actually intended to be the series finale before the show was renewed for one last season. However if they did have to end the show here, it is safe to say that it would have been a high note.

The story is that Kim is struggling to find a date to the junior prom. The dilemma lies in asking her best friend Ron Stoppable and whether or not the two are ready to take a big step in their relationship. Meanwhile a new student named Eric arrives and Kim and the two develop a romance. While Kim is happy she doesn’t have to risk ruining their friendship but Ron finds himself left out in Kim’s life and eventually realizes his feelings for her. Meanwhile confusing changes are happening all around with the formulation of a master plan to take over the world by Kim’s arch-nemesis Dr. Drakken (even baffling his usually superior assistant Shego) and numerous changes to Ron’s favorite restaurant Bueno Nacho.

The movie’s opening title sequence pays homage and parodies to James Bond (very much in the 007 sense) but it also makes it feel fresh and new. The story itself does a good job of integrating the internal and external conflict, which was always the show’s biggest strength.

The last movie was much more character-driven than story-driven and that gave way to a great deal of comedy among all the characters. While the comedy is sacrificed much more for the sake of the story, the comedy is still very much there and feels just as enjoyable in the show. Whether it be Drakken formulating his plans, him and Shego bickering, or Ron complaining about something minor it’s written in a fun way and made even funnier through the all the voice acting, which is top-notch.

Both Kim and Ron can make selfish decisions throughout the movie but it doesn’t go to the point that they are unlikable or the romance goes too over-the-top and clichéd. The prospect of Kim and Ron taking this leap of faith is one both of them are weary of. The weight of the relationship the two have had throughout the past three seasons is truly felt.

The animation is something of a mixed bag. Some of the backgrounds don’t really have much in the way of uniqueness and it feels like the movie was trying to go much more all out than its budget would allow. As a result in the places like the school and Bueno Nacho, have no real differentiation to them that would give the idea that this is a movie. However, when it comes to the action sequences, the angles and movements involved have a much bigger and impressive scale than the show. And when the movie needs to have a deep moment the expressions, movements, and so forth allow the moment to sink in (sometimes without any dialogue).

Kim Possible: So the Drama has a much bigger scale in terms of its pacing and character investment. While it’s not as comedic nor does it have as many characters as A Sitch in Time, it proved to be unique in introducing some major game changes for the show’s fourth season and telling a story that felt like last three seasons weighing down upon the viewer.

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