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|Genre:||Children's Movie, Adventure|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 100 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Leo (Michael Sommerer), his little brother Elias (Aaron Kissiov) and their friends Finn (Bennet Meyer), Joshua (Vico Mücke), Oskar (Ron Anthony Renzenbrink) and Matze (Mikke Rasch) love to play the Wild Guys. Because the football heroes are a real legend in whose mystical world the boys like to immerse themselves at least in their fantasy. But then a mysterious stranger appears, giving them a mysterious map that proves that the Wild Guys really existed and that they've always lived in the middle of the Wild Guys Land. And as if that weren't adventurous enough already, it looks as if Leo and the others should become the successors of the original Wild Guys. But to do that, they have to defeat the team of the fat Michi (Daniel Zillmann). If they fail, the Wild Guy belongs to Land Big M, who then wants to raze it to the ground. Are the children strong enough to beat the Galactic Heroes and become real Wild Guys?
Joachim Masannek has not only delivered an extremely successful children's book series with his "Wild Guys". The cinema version, which was also directed by Masannek, is also a real box-office hit, with over 10 million cinema-goers in five films to date. It is therefore not surprising that this franchise should be kept alive at all costs, especially since Masanek's successor series "V8" did not bring the desired success. But since the original guys are now all over twenty and have outgrown their roles, a new generation of football guys can now play.
"The Wild Guys - The Legend Lives" goes back to its beginnings in every respect. The story, which has drifted more and more into the realm of fantasy in the last movies, is now a little bit more down-to-earth again - although not necessarily more realistic. While the children's actors are quite convincing - which becomes especially clear in direct comparison to the terribly bad performance of Wilson Gonzales Ochsenknecht - and the outfitters have done a good job to bring the Wild Guy Land to life, Masannek continues to refuse any form of creative development.
Not only that his new film is dramaturgically reminiscent of the first film, but the author and director also doesn't allow any changes. That's a pity, because this movie would have been the perfect opportunity to bring a breath of fresh air not only to the actors in a film series, which is dominated by exaggerated pathos, annoying clichés and stupid dialogues. However, even if you as an adult viewer roll up your toenails in some scenes, it has to be conceded that the movie serves its target audience well. You don't have to like that, but you do. So "The Wild Guys - The Legend Lives" may not be a very good movie, but for fans of the series it is definitely a successful sequel and a promising start of the new generation. And for that there is then also a little bit teeth grindingly a deserved one: Worth seeing!
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