Watch Your Back, Weird Tom - Odd Squad is Here!
As a longtime fan of the tv show Odd Squad, I was instantly hyped about the movie, but I also think it's an excellent introduction to the series for people who have been living under a rock and have somehow not seen it. This is not only because of the Season 1 characters' (Olive, Otto, and Oscar) team-up with Season 2's characters (Olympia, Otis, and Oona), all under the supervision of Ms. O. It takes the basic plot of an Odd Squad episode (Something Very Odd has happened) and expands on it. Big time. This time, instead of dealing with a member of a rogue gallery that rivals Batman's (as so often happens), the agents have to wrangle with something far more sinister: a rival organization of strange-stopping adults known as Weird Team, headed by a charismatic figure known as Weird Tom. Compared to Odd Squad, they're a mess. They get around in a van that's probably older than me, they draw adults to their side by handing out free tees, they can barely do the basic math that Odd Squad pretty much relies on, they don't work together much (Weird Tom tells a reporter that he regrets calling Weird Team a team), and they're outright mean to their kid counterparts. However, they do manage to solve odd - or weird - problems with a single gadget, as opposed to the Squad's more specialized gadgets. This more efficient practice drives Odd Squad out of business, forcing them to start leading more or less normal lives until the kids discover the truth behind Weird Team's shady dealings - and that the grownups have unknowingly released a dangerous breed of creature that could destroy the world. There are some action scenes, but no blood is shed. Friendship and teamwork are featured heavily. Basically, the protags are kids, so the audience can be kids. This movie will make you laugh (the kids, as usual, have downright hilarious dialogue, but the crowning moment of funny comes during a song Weird Tom composes to burn his kiddo counterparts. Agent Otis completely loses it when tossed a t-shirt!). It will make you cry (seeing the agents try to live as regular kids, accompanied by "The Saddest Song In The World Of All Time", will bring on the waterworks for anyone). It will make you think (mostly about how kids are more drawn to each other than adults, resulting in more teamwork between them). It will make you cheer (if defeating a giant mouse doesn't satisfy you, flying to space in an ice cream truck might!). Best of all, it will make you want to hug your friends. 10/10. Would recommend to anyone -and I mean anyone.