We review this week's release of Ava & Lala.
Ava & Lala is about a little girl (Ava) who befriends a magical creature (Lala), and follows him on a bizarre journey to a mythical land, where animals live in harmony without human interference. Conflict arises when some of the animals are not willing to accept a human in their midst, and furthermore, some of them decide they need to harness Lala's magical powers for the sake of their own advancement.
On a positive note, I appreciate that Ava & Lala portrays its main character as a tough, strong, and capable little girl. Ava is one determined kid, albeit headstrong and a little whiny. Furthermore, the movie's uplifting messages of friendship, compassion, and loyalty are depicted innocently and refreshingly. Some martial arts style fighting is involved, but it is not realistic and only serves to add to the fanciful quality of the movie. The imaginative and unique storyline make Ava & Lala a fun choice for family movie night.