I’m going to get to Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday in a minute, but I wanted to talk about my history with Pee-Wee a bit, first. When I was 5 or so years old, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse came into my life and changed everything. There was something special about it that my impressionable mind soaked up like a hyperactive little sponge. I’ve remained a fan of Pee-Wee ever since. I still have all my toys, I went to see him on Broadway, I would make it a point to catch him any time he did a TV appearance, and I’ve been sitting on the edge of my seat ever since he started talking about making a new movie, which was probably over a decade ago. Thanks to Netflix, it finally happened. And it was INCREDIBLE!
The world(s) of Pee-Wee Herman
The first time I saw Big Adventure was after I saw Playhouse. It was my first experience watching something that takes place in an “alternate universe”, but it immediately clicked with me. I never found myself confused as to why he wasn’t hanging out with Miss Yvonne, or talking to his menagerie of puppety oddballs. It was just Pee-Wee in a different, unrelated setting. Same goes for Big Top Pee-Wee. The initial rumors I heard for Big Holiday were that it was going to be a Playhouse movie where he packs everyone up and they go on a road trip, which would have been nice to see, but I’m glad they did another “alternate universe” film. It’s fun to see the character we all know and love in a new setting, having new experiences, and meeting new friends.
Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday
Pee-Wee’s big holiday follows the story of Pee-Wee Herman, a boy who never left his beloved town of Fairville because he didn’t see the point when everything he knew and loved was right there (Sounds a bit like me!). Until one day, a cool outsider (Joe Manganiello) rides through town on his motorcycle, and convinces Pee-Wee that there is a lot to be gained by moving outside your comfort zone and trying something new. The two form an immediate bromance. A bromance for the ages, really, and become fast friends. So Joe, who plays himself by the way, invites Pee-Wee to his birthday party in New York City. And Pee-Wee does everything he can to make it in time.
We follow Pee-Wee across the country as he encounters all the trials, tribulations, and people that only Pee-Wee Herman could possibly get tangled up with.
I don’t want to give too many spoilers with this review, as I think you should go check it out for yourself. But I wanted to list some of my favorite things about it:
- They refer to Pee-Wee as a “boy”
- He works in a diner
- Joe Manganiello plays himself
- That scream! You’ll know what I’m talking about if you see the film
- Lots of cameos, including people from the movies and the playhouse
- Pee-Wee’s dream sequences
- The apparently timeless appearance of Pee-Wee Herman
Not convinced? Check out the trailer!
And be sure to check out Pee-Wee’s Blog!
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