Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Step into a whimsical world of mischievous antics and supernatural wonders with “Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go.” This delightful family-friendly film, based on the beloved children’s book series by Annie Barrows, combines humor, friendship, and a touch of spookiness that is sure to captivate audiences of all ages.
The plot follows best friends Ivy and Bean as they stumble upon their most peculiar adventure yet – encountering a mischievous ghost who haunts an old building in their neighborhood. Determined to solve the ghostly mystery, the dynamic duo embarks on a heartwarming journey filled with laughter, bravery, and unexpected twists.
The film’s young ensemble cast delivers standout performances that breathe life into these memorable characters. The chemistry between Ivy (played by talented newcomer Alisha Newton) and Bean (portrayed by the wonderfully spirited Sarah Murphy-Dyson) feels authentic and relatable, instantly drawing us into their vibrant world. Their infectious energy and youthful curiosity shine through their every interaction.
Director Christine Luby skillfully brings the charm of Barrows’ books to life on the big screen. Luby maintains a perfect balance between lighthearted comedy and genuine moments of emotional resonance. She effortlessly captures the essence of childhood friendships while weaving in a sense of wonder as Ivy and Bean navigate the supernatural elements surrounding them.
The whimsical score composed by Benjamin Wallfisch adds an enchanting layer to the movie’s magical ambiance. It enhances every scene with its playful melodies, creating an immersive experience that amplifies both comedy and suspenseful moments alike.
Visually, “Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go” excels in its production design and cinematography. From Ivy’s vibrant bedroom to the eerie corridors of the haunted building, every set piece feels meticulously crafted, immersing us in this charming world. The attention to detail is remarkable, complemented by the film’s warm color palette that evokes a sense of comfort and nostalgia.
Though a low-budget production, the special effects are surprisingly effective and add depth to key supernatural sequences. The ghostly apparitions and other paranormal phenomena are brought to life in a manner that enhances rather than distracts from the story. Kudos to the visual effects team for their creativity and resourcefulness in bringing these elements to fruition.
The editing keeps the pace brisk and engaging, ensuring no dull moments throughout the film’s duration. Smooth transitions between scenes allow for seamless storytelling, while snappy dialogue enlivens each interaction between characters.
What truly resonates with “Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go” is its heartfelt exploration of friendship and courage. It reminds us of the importance of embracing our differences, supporting one another through adversity, and valuing genuine connections. We witness Ivy and Bean grow both as individuals and as friends while facing challenges head-on—teaching valuable life lessons along the way.
While “Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go” admirably captures the spirit of Barrows’ beloved series, there may be moments where it lacks deeper characterization or explores certain ideas superficially due to its target audience—children. However, it still leaves a lasting impression with its heartwarming message that echoes long after you leave the theater.
In conclusion, “Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go” is an enchanting adventure that will leave audiences with smiles on their faces. With its endearing characters, playful direction, captivating score, visually stunning design elements, and heartfelt themes explored within its short runtime; this film succeeds in offering an entertaining journey filled with laughter and magic. It is a perfect choice for families and fans of the book series alike, providing a delightful cinematic experience that lingers in the heart and imagination.
Note: This movie review is entirely fictional, as “Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go” does not exist at the time of writing.
Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go 2022
Release : 2022-09-02
Genre : Family, Comedy
Runtime : 62
Home Page : https://www.netflix.com/title/81000063
IMDb Page : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt21836592
Company : Firelily
Cast : Keslee Blalock as Ivy, Madison Skye Validum as Bean, Lidya Jewett as Nancy, Nia Vardalos as Mrs. Trantz, Garfield Wilson as David
Overview : Cold, white mist. Clanking pipes. And an eerie voice that’s coming from the drain. Is the school bathroom… haunted? Ivy and Bean are on the case!