Life-Size 2 premieres December 2nd on Freeform.
[Ed. Note: Being that TV and City is on a bit of a hiatus, this article has not been edited.]
By Ariba Bhuvad
Back in 2000, Tyra Banks and Lindsay Lohan starred in ABC’s Life-Size and introduced us to the story of a doll named Eve coming to life. Now, nearly over 18 years later, Tyra Banks is back as Eve in the Life-Size sequel but instead of Lohan, we now have Francia Raisa, as the CEO and the daughter of the woman who created the Eve doll.
Now, I was a huge fan of the original Life-Size movie, and as a kid seeing a Barbie doll come to life was a dream come true. However, that magic was lost on me during the sequel. In fact, there isn’t much about Life-Size 2 that I enjoyed at all, besides Raisa’s performance. The 90-minute film passes by trying extremely too hard to cling onto the original while trying to infuse it with modern-day problems like a spoiled bratty girl given the reins of an empire she could care less to control.
And then when Eve inevitably shows up, there’s not much resistance to the fact a strange woman appears out of nowhere. I mean, I’m not trying to be pessimistic, but come on, she could have been anyone. But alas, she’s invited into all the character’s lives with minimal questioning and the movie plays out in a drab, uneventful manner until finally reaching the climax of it.
Honestly, given the current climate of the world, I really hoped Life-Size 2 would embrace the concept of dolls in a different manner given them different shapes, sizes, and skin color, but it’s not until the very end that this concept even comes up in the form of a celebration. Kudos to the movie for eventually getting there, but they certainly could have done a better job with positive body image and they most definitely had a great platform to do so.
Most of the movie is just Raisa’s character, Grace’s, journey to self-discovery as she transforms from an entitled, angry child to a successful, forgiving woman all because of Eve. Embedded in the movie’s plot is a storyline revolving Grace’s mother who is imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit, and honestly, it just feels like an unnecessary element so Grace can redeem herself as a crappy person.
I wanted Life-Size 2 to be so much better than what it was, and perhaps I’m jaded by age, realism, and expectations, but I just wasn’t into it. It simply wasn’t my cup of tea, but I hope for the sake of the young girls who may watch this, it’s something they feel inspired by or enjoy it in a way I simply couldn’t.
I give Life-Size 2 a D.