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|Genre:||Children's Movie, Adventure, Comedy|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 96 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Rico (Anton Petzold) is slightly different from the other kids. Rico is gifted. It just takes a little longer until he understands certain things and gets help from his portable recording device to remember his way to the supermarket or the nearest ice cream parlour. But in his very special way Rico also sees something special in things that other people simply overlook. And so a noodle can be something very exciting. When the search for such a found noodle brings him together with the highly talented Oskar (Juri Winkler), this is the beginning of a very special friendship and a dangerous adventure. Because Oskar will be the latest victim of the mysterious kidnapper, who everyone only calls Mister 2000. And Rico now has to find out all by himself who the mysterious villain is and where he is hiding his new best friend. Whether he will succeed in this without the helpful advice of his mother (Karoline Herfurth) and without Oscar's lightning-fast gift of combination?
The first minutes of the film adaptation of the popular children's and youth novel "Rico, Oscar and the Deep Shadows" do not exactly raise hopes for good. After a lovingly animated opening credits to bridge the gap between the drawings in the book and the film version, a scene follows in which Rico can be seen playing bingo with his mother. Here the viewer gets to know Ellie Wandbeck, the chief bingo drummer, who plays a central role in the second book - and thus also in the already announced second film. This character is embodied by Katharina Thalbach, who is currently felt to be seen or heard in almost every German children's film and despite the different roles always seems to play something similar - always a little wacky, exaggerated and silly, just as children like it. But slowly the cast of a character like Ellie Wandbeck with Katharina Thalbach only seems to be unimaginative, which is why it can be feared that the rest of the film also plays it safe and sticks strictly to the recipe for success of "Hanni & Nanni", "Five Friends" and similar commercially successful, but rather soulless children's films.
Luckily that's not the case. Director Neele Vollmar ("Maria, ihm schmeckt`s nicht") and her scriptwriters captured the spirit of the original very well and enriched it with some very nice ideas of their own. It's not what some marketing experts think children love, but what they think is great. Rather, the target group is quite obviously understood and taken seriously here. Therefore the humor is not kept extremely simple and is not limited to overly foolishly acting adults or farting animals, but can also be a little more inappropriate, weird and politically incorrect. As in the successful book template, the impression is created that the world is really seen through children's eyes.
The figures are drawn very lovingly, with both the children and the adults all having rough edges - and this is exactly what makes them look extremely likeable and human. Besides the humor and the pleasantly cliché-free character drawing, the movie also has a lot of tension to offer, which turns the story into an exciting adventure, especially in the second half. Vollmar has succeeded very well in drawing all the residents of the house at Dieffenbachstrasse 93 in such a way that they could theoretically be Mister 2000. But even if you already know the book and its resolution, you don't have to worry that the movie will get boring. Especially the scene in which Rico sets off to search for Oskar at night is very exciting. Even though I haven't been a target group for a few years now, it was clear to me in this scene at the latest that I would have really liked the film as a child.
"Rico, Oskar and the Deep Shadows" is an excellent example of what a good children's film can look like if you don't focus on the simple, obvious laughs and the staging doesn't play it safe every minute. Like the author Andreas Steinhöfel, who has received an award for his books, Neele Vollmar and her team have also put together an amusing and exciting story that really seems to understand children, their view of the world with all its fears and joys. Played brilliantly by the two young leading actors Anton Petzold and Juri Winkler, the whole thing is at the end great film for viewers from 6 - 14 years, but also for all who have stayed young in their hearts. Absolutely worth seeing!
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