The story is nothing new, and we are not talking about just Barbie with themes and plot twists that have been explored in a 'Barbie' film that have been done a fair few times but it is very over-familiar in general, when so many events in the film are so easily foreseeable like the villain's plan it does take away from the fun.
Pacing is less than perfect too, tending to plod along if not quite as badly as 'Barbie Mariposa and the Fairy Princess', the thinner parts of the story not going in any direction really. While the music is very nicely done on the whole, "Mermaid Party" does make one want to have a toilet break or fast forward. This is sounding very negative, but actually 'Barbie: The Pearl Princess' has a lot to enjoy. The animation is nice, with a beautifully rendered undersea setting that is so inviting one wants to be part of it.
There are bright colours, handsome and imaginative backgrounds and the character designs and movements are improved from 'Barbie and her Sisters in a Pony Tale'. Although the story is less than perfect, it does have cute and charming moments and has its heart in the right place.
Appreciated the positive messaging, hardly new the messages taught but done in a way that's heartfelt and not like the film is talking at you. As well as being closer to the original Barbie rather than trying to make her modern.
Particularly good here are the truly charming friendship between Lumina and Kuda and an effectively downplayed yet sweet romance that wisely wasn't focused on too much.
Lumina is very likable and resourceful with a sympathetic personality that never gets annoying or bratty. Kuda is adorable and sometimes amusing. The voice work is spirited, cannot imagine Barbie without Kelly Sheridan the 'Barbie' films without her did suffer from her absence on top of even bigger problems and she continues to grow. In conclusion, a nice inoffensive time passer but could have done with more magic. Parminder Singh Koundal. Peppa Pig Us Version.
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