There is no question that Paul Reubens character Pee Wee Herman is one of the most iconic characters in history. His 1985 film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure was an instant classic shooting both director Tim Burton and Pee Wee to super stardom. After a successful run on TV with Pee Wee’s Playhouse and the follow up feature Big Top Pee Wee the character seemingly disappeared outside of some varying appearances. There have been rumblings for years about a new film and finally it came to be as a Netflix original film with Pee Wee’s Big Holiday featuring Reubens return to his iconic role, but does it deliver the fun fans want or will it be a failed attempt at former glory?
Pee Wee’s Big Holiday follows Pee Wee Herman as he takes his first-ever holiday after a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger. From the moment this film opens you know you are back in the world of Pee Wee. They took a smart approach and used the formula of the first film and put a new spin on it. Everything you could want and love about Pee Wee is here including his crazy inventions that are in abundance in his house to the bizarre people he meets on the road. There are even the people that clearly annoy him in his home town that gets the always funny response from Herman. Joining Pee Wee is actor Joe Manganiello who plays himself and is not afraid to poke fun at himself. They make a great unlikely duo and his appearance serves the perfect catalyst for Herman’s latest adventure. Paul Reubens obviously loves this character deeply and despite being in his 60s still embodies the character better than ever. Going into this movie you have to understand that it is pretty silly throughout but that is the charm of the character and the world he inhabits. There is a little bit of everything here for the old school fans to love as well as new things brought into the mix to keep it fresh. Sure there are a lot of rehashed types of jokes from the world or Herman, but just getting to see him back where he belongs you can forgive that and just have some fun. There are few characters as iconic as him and even at his lowest the character still stands up as a one of a kind force of fun for the whole family.
This is one of those movies that is geared towards the old school fan and the younger audiences bringing a simple innocent fun to the world while having plenty for the older audience to have fun with. Reubens has successfully done justice to his character once again and Pee Wee is back where he belongs and hopefully not for the last time. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments amongst some that don’t work as well, but in the end this is a great return to a character that so many love. If you are ready for some old school Pee Wee fun then head over to Netflix and set out on an all new fun filled adventure with Pee Wee Herman in Pee Wee’s Big Holiday available now exclusively on Netflix.