I've been tracking this film since it was a box office success in foreign countries under the name "Metegol". It has been delayed numerous times and recently got an under-the-table release on Netflix. I completely see why this movie was delayed and released like this: it isn't very good.
While the premise seems creative, it's really just a re-telling of an old story similar to "Toy Story" or even "Frosty the Snowman", and it doesn't offer anything new or original. It's really formulaic, and it even takes a while for it to get to its climax. There were some funny parts, including a really funny, but out-of-place "2001: A Space Oddysey" reference for the opening scene, but a lot of the jokes fall flat. Eugenio Derbez and John Leguizamo add some humor, but that's about it. All of the other voice actors are okay, but I gathered the feeling that they weren't really excited about this film. That's a shame, as some of the cast members, like Nicholas Hoult, are really talented
Most of the animation looks really good, especially during the soccer scenes, where the movement is fluid and really enjoyable to watch. The dubbing, on the other hand, is absolutely awful. I knew that this was originally an Argentine film, however I figured that with so many delays, American companies were working on fixing the dubbing. They weren't. Some moments were good, however most of the time, the mouths of the characters were moving at a much faster rate than they were speaking. This did prove to be pretty distracting at times.
So overall, "Underdogs" had some enjoyable moments, but bad dubbing and a cheesy, formulaic script disappoint. Some younger kids may find enjoyment in the film's childish jokes and amateurish script writing, but older audiences should stay away.
Big Tuna's Rating: D+
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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