The Suite Life Movie – review

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The Suite Life Movie was as I expected:  a bit of a silly Disney movie. Based on the TV show The Suite Life On Deck, it follows Cody and Zack on their final spring break before heading back to school for their final few weeks. Cody gets an internship that is ruined by Zack, who gets them in another internship that traps them. It is up to them to save themselves and everybody else who is trapped, as well. Cody and Zack have to get along for their own benefit and everybody else if they wish to break free.

I will say that I thought that the movie was going to be pointless and even silly to the point that no adult could enjoy it. But, like with many movies before this one, I was surprised at just how funny it was! Like when London thought that dolphins were camels, that was funny enough for everybody. Or when Zack & Cody fought, which almost anybody with a sibling can relate to. It was well written, even if it was slow to start out. I will say that I also feel that they added a lot of thought to it, which is a nice touch for something that the public just learned about late last summer or early fall.

I am impressed with how well the characters stayed true to the TV show; I thought that they might get lost in the shuffle. But they stayed strong and were not weakened by Disney. Cody was my favorite, but Zack and London both keep the laughs rolling in. The other characters were just okay; I don’t think they carried the movie like Cody, Zack and London did. Still, I think it was well rounded for a Disney movie. Even if it was a little thick in the plot in some areas.

Story was cute, but it is what you would expect from Disney. However, it was cute enough for even the adults to find humor in it. It was well written, acted, and directed, which is pretty good for a made for TV movie. However, I will say that it is clearly not the best movie ever made by any means. It was above what I expected, but I do think that they could have made it a stronger movie. With that being said, I can still say that I think most hard core The Suite Life On Deck fans will love it, and perhaps some who are not fans of the show would get a lot out of it.

Sets and camera angles were awkward at times. Filming on a boat likely did not help their cause. I think that the first few shots did not have a proper angle; it did not show Zack’s whole face when he was with his friend. I think that sort of lowered the movie a bit, but during the rest it appeared to work fine. I think it helped that most of it was filmed on land; that bad angle was corrected, but I was shocked that Disney did not edit that out. It does not reflect well on Disney at all.

For my age group recommendation, I will say that I do think it is safe for even young kids to watch . Of course, I would not expect anything less from Disney.

As for my final thoughts on the movie, I will say that I did enjoy it. But I also did not allow myself to have high hopes for it, so it did not disappoint me. It in fact gave me a surprise in how well it turned out. For my usual 1 to 10 rating (with 10 being the highest), I give it a 7. Not bad, but far from perfect by a long shot.

What are your feelings about it? Did you enjoy it, is the show better? Let us know in the comments, and tell us why you feel the way you do.

About Sarah Peel

Sarah Peel is a freelance writer/blogger who has written for many sites and is the owner of Miss Virtual Reality

7 Comments

  1. SprouseDisneyFan

    March 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I actually think The Suite Life Movie was great, i enjoyed a lot i’ve been a fan of Dylan and Cole Sprouse since they started in 2004 with The Suite Life Of Zack and Cody and i have to say it was amazing. I’m personally sick of musical movies like Hannah Montana and HSM 1,2,and 3 so this was something different and we got the opportunity to see how talented The Sprouse Twins and Brenda Song are so in a scale from 1 to 10 i’ll give The Suite Life Movie a total 10. Good Job!

  2. Louiseanne Bear

    March 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I think the movie was outstanding, one of the best movies ever to air and not just on disneychannel but in general. My favourate scene was when Zack and Cody started feeling their emotional feelings for eachother
    that scene just made me melt. I can’t lie I have to say the beggining was kinda slow but it got better and better by the second. I love this movie because I love bromance and science fiction there type of movies. I really hope they carry on with “the suite life”, i dought it though. xxx

  3. Stacysuitelifefan

    April 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I think this movie was good, not great but good. I really expected more from Disney this time. The suite life series is ending soon and I want it to continue. I’ve been watching Dylan and Cole since they stared in ’04 and I’ll be sad to see the show end. The movie was very well done. My family enjoyed it very much. It was slow at the beginning but it picked up quickly with the laughs and the emotion. The funniest part would have to be London thinking “Mammals” were “Camels”. “Then why don’t they have humps!” I love that part. Overall, I think that The Suite Life Movie was very good. Great for all ages.

  4. hello.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:36 am

    I liked the movie and I think that it was very suitable for younger viewers. At the start, the angles were a bit weird and it made it seem like it was fake. I also think that music was played too often during the movie which kind of ruined the effect. All in all, give it a 5.

  5. Underground

    April 10, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Compared to the humour in the TV series, the movie lagged behind. London and Woody could have been used to better effects. Especially, their trademark remarks from the TV series were missed. Except for the ‘mammals’ part, London’s cutting quotes were limited to isolated bits – like the ‘I got even with him at dinner’, ‘do you want to count my money? you can’t keep them but you can count them’ and ‘those hill-billie hairdo, hoe-down shoes or it is cute to call flossing your teeth “going ropey”‘. Brenda Song generally plays London with such poise that a sub-plot involving London filled with her hilarious quips would have worked wonders. Mr. Moseby does pretty well and takes up about the correct proportion of time. Bailey could have used more, especially given more airtime to London.

  6. story

    April 10, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I enjoyed the Suite Life Movie. Every time I watch it I like it more. It makes me want to see more Zack & Cody movies like the Olsen twins did. But I guess that won’t happen now.

    The movie was more vanilla than the show, which can get very nutty sometimes. Yes, the twins have conflict but they actually had bigger fights in the Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

    I’d say Cole did the best job adapting his acting to the bigger space and high rez of a movie. Dylan acted pretty much exactly like on the show. My favorite parts were when the twins eat the magic fruit and go into ecstasy and when their souls leave their bodies and Z&C resist being assimilated into one brain.

    So yes the Suite Life Movie was safe, sweet vanilla entertainment, very soothing with special effects. Also if you think Cole and Dylan look good then definitely buy the Blu-Ray because they look even more charming in high rez.

    • Louiseanne Bear

      October 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      I agree, cole did a pretty good job in this movie, he was pretty good when they had that “i hate you” scene. Dylan was unforgetable, i mean when they were feeling each others emotions and Dylan had to cry for a little bit, it touched me, i’ve never seen dylan act like that <3. By the way you mentioned something about the blu-ray dvd, i've never even heard of the orginal dvd coming out, has it already been released or when is it going to be released, i've been checking my local game store, and nothing <3.

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