Movie Review: Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
A review of Netflix’s new film Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
Directed By: John Lee
Written By: Paul Reubens, Paul Rust
Starring: Paul Reubens
Sullywood Rating: 7/10
Never again did this Pee-wee Herman fan think he would get another chance to experience the master at work. But he…aka me if you’re slow….was wrong! And with that misconception we now have Pee-wee’s Big Holiday!
First things first. If you have no idea who Pee-wee Herman is….this movie probably isn’t for you. If you don’t like Pee-wee Herman or his comedy….this film is definitely not for you. If you love Pee-wee Herman and still have the desire to see if the Alamo has a basement…..this film IS for you!
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday is no Pee-wee’s Big Adventure….but what films can actually match that masterpiece? In all seriousness, Pee-wee fans should love this movie though. It doesn’t stray away from what Reubens and Herman do best, and that’s make you laugh.
I will say though, while many of the segments fall flat, most will bring that joy back to you that you had every time you watched Pee-wee on the big screen or right in your home with Playhouse. Reubens doesn’t miss a beat in his iconic role and he really looks pretty good for his age.
I was definitely hoping for some more cameos from Playhouse and Big Adventure, but alas there were only a few from Playhouse and actually only one from Big Adventure…I’ll give you one hint “Au Revoir, Pee-wee!”.
Reubens and Joe Manganiello, playing himself, were a great tag team in this film, with what little screen time they had together. My one grip would be that their scenes in the beginning of the film are almost a tease, since they really don’t spend as much time together as you might have thought.
But once again, if you’re a fan of Herman and don’t expect The Godfather, you’ll sit back and enjoy this film like I did. In a nutshell, this is roughly Big Adventure but with a different story and a new cast of crazy characters, but who cares?