Movie Review - Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Good news everyone! We've found a new way to monetize your childhood!

That's the problem with being middle-aged. Your peers are now running the world and know exactly how to profit off you. Stranger Things is designed to tickle every part of your nostalgia gland and Derry Girls zaps you right in the feels. That expensive Lego set you wanted as a kid is now on sale again - and you can just about afford it! Every media property has been relentlessly focus-grouped until it can extract the maximum amount of I-Remember-That! from you - in the hopes that you'll open your wallet.

"Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers" is a cynically exploitative cash-grab which ruffles through the deep-cuts of your memory to blast you with 90 minutes of precision guided homesickness for your childhood.

The problem is - it is very good.

It helps that Disney basically owns all the IP in the universe now. Remember as a kid when you made He-Man fight the Autobots? Yeah, Disney can now make that movie - and throw in a B-plot about Donald Duck training to become a Jedi.

And that's the Chip 'n Dale movie. It's some extremely talented creatives tipping out their old toy chest and making an incredible film. Every frame is stuffed with in-jokes and Easter Eggs. There are a thousand-and-one blink-and-you'll-miss-it references. If the marketing executives are any good, they'll be data-mining exactly where viewers paused and rewound the video in order to determine which long-forgotten character should get a 6 episode miniseries.

It had me grinning all the way through. With occasional gasps of "did they really just do that!?" A worthy sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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