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A Filmmaker Reviews AG Movies- An American Girl: Lea to the Rescue

It's time for more AG movies!


This year, I've learned a lot more about how to make a movie, so I thought it would be fun to revisit the AG movies and see what they did right and wrong in the technical department. Today, we're looking at An American Girl: Lea to the Rescue!

WARNING: THIS CONTAINS A LOT OF FILMMAKER RANTING!

What they got RIGHT:

-The cinematography was AMAZING. All the shots and camera angles were beautiful and captured the vibe of the movie well. (Shoutout to the director of photography, David Parker- he did great!)

-The direction was pretty good as well. You could tell that Nadia Tass, who previously directed the first two American Girl movies, was committed to making a good movie.

-The writing was surprisingly pretty good. The writer, Karen Bloch Morse, made good use of different scenes and little details in the script that led to suspense.

-I liked how this movie was very action-packed and didn't waste much time on its' storytelling. There was one part where the movie didn't do much, but besides that, I think that the action of it all deserves special mention.

What they got WRONG:

-The one part I was referring to earlier that didn't do much for the movie was the part where Lea and Paola were in the Brazillian tribe. That had no effect on the plot whatsoever, and it seemed a little inaccurate as well.

-Some characters, particularly Lea's mom Carol, seemed to be overacting during the movie. I think they only cast Hallie Todd, who played Carol, because of her prior Disney Channel roles.

Conclusion: An American Girl action movie? Of course it's going to be good!


Old Rating (circa 2016): 9.5


New Rating: 7


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