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|Originaltitel:||Ella Ja Kaverit 2 - Peterock|
|Genre:||Children's Movie, Comedy|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 84 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Ella and her friends are back again. After they saved their school in "Ella and the Big Race", "Ella and the Superstar" is all about Ella's classmates Pekka (Jyry Kortelainen), who just doesn't want to go to school anymore. He'd much rather be a superstar with the world at his feet. Maybe his great idol, the singer Elvira (Malla Malmivaara) can help him. Because they say she wants nothing more than her own child. She could adopt Pekka, couldn't she? Against all efforts of the teacher (Eero Milonoff) Ella (Freja Teijonsalo) and her friends decide to help Pekka make his dream come true. When a misunderstanding actually turns the boy into a media star and girl favourite, the plan seems to work out. Now there is only one obstacle left, because Pekka can neither sing nor dance. But does he really have to be able to do that to become a superstar?
With his "Ella" books, former primary school teacher Timo Parvela has landed a real hit. The children's book series enjoys enormous popularity not only in his native Finland. Parvelas's very special humour and lovable stories have ensured that all of the eight volumes to date have been very successful internationally and have even become school reading in Finland. A film adaptation of the books was, of course, only a matter of time. The first film was a complete success in Finland, so that part 2 wasn't long in coming.
"Ella and the Superstar" is again a rather weird children's comedy, whereby this second film lacks the slightly anarchic undertone of its predecessor. The humour in "Ella and the big race" was always child-friendly, but extremely unadapted and original. That's exactly what the second part lacks. He also convinces with his satirical look at casting shows and a generation that believes that there is a superstar in everyone, even if you don't have any talent. But it lacks the certain bite that makes this comedy stand out from the crowd of children's films.
In addition, the title is a bit misleading, because Ella is clearly no longer the focus of the story and only appears as a narrator over long stretches of the film. Apart from that, "Ella and the Superstar" is nice target group-oriented entertainment, but in direct comparison to the first part, the accompanying adults will have little fun with it. But for all the little fans of the predecessor there are again weird jokes, cool heroes and a funny story, which in the end even conveys something like a good message. And that is undoubtedly enough for a satisfied one: worth seeing!
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