Review: Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe (U)

Sophie Hicks reviews the newest Phineas and Ferb movie

Sophie Hicks
30th August 2020
Image Credit: Pixabay
Some people have been looking forward to Tenent (2020), some people have been looking forward to the new Phineas and Ferb movie. This is literally the last Phineas and Ferb content we'll get, and boy was it brilliant. New songs, new storyline, new antics...what's not to love? Oh, and spoilers incoming.

This film is set before the final episode, so we're still in the 104 days of summer vacation. This film is mainly about Candace, and how she truly feels. Whilst Phineas and Ferb have had a great summer full of adventures and memories, Candace has spent her summer feeling like the world is against her because she can't get her parents to see what her brothers have been doing. She feels like she's crazy and overshadowed by her brothers, feeling insignificant and unspecial. And then, she gets abducted by aliens because they believe her to be the 'chosen' one.

Phineas and Ferb (2007-2015) was critically acclaimed
Image: YouTube

The goal of the film is to go to the alien planet in an epic adventure and save their sister. Alongside this, Perry the Platypus has been sent on a mission to follow them because Dr. Doofenshmirtz is trying to build a portal to save Vanessa, who was also abducted. I thought this film was wonderfully done, and did a really good job of really getting to know Candace better. As someone who always viewed her as a loveable but bratty older sister, it was nice to see this vulnerable side to her (except for her vulnerableness when it comes to her feelings with Jeremy, of course.) Candace just wants to feel as important as her brothers, and if that's on an alien planet, then so be it.

It's nice to see Candace get the love she deserves. She's integral to Phineas and Ferb, and deserves to feel as important as them. Sure, it may be because an alien leader believes CO2 is a rare commodity that only Candance produces and needs it to bring her subject-controlling plant back to life, but still. The film quickly turns into a Little Shop of Horrors moment, and it's extremely fun to watch. However, Candance may not be special in terms of the world, but she's special to Phineas and Ferb and the viewers who grew up with her.

The character development of Candace throughout this film is immense, and incredibly wholesome if you grew up with the film. I genuinely loved watching it. I'm sad that it's over, but I already thought Phineas and Ferb was over years ago, so I guess I'm just grateful for new content that still holds up in quality. As for the new songs, they slap as usual. I think my favourite was 'Us Against the Universe', but they all made me laugh and feel a happiness that made my heart grow three sizes bigger.

If life's getting you down at the moment, even if you've somehow never watched an episode of Phineas and Ferb, I guarantee that this film will bring you some laughter and joy that is very much needed right now.

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AUTHOR: Sophie Hicks
Former TV Sub-Editor for The Courier and BA Media Communication and Cultural Studies graduate

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