Thursday, 13 March 2014

#15 Escape From Planet Earth


Brandon Frasier, William Shatner, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry and Sarah Jessica Parker. Directed by Callun Brunker. 95 minutes long.
Baxter and I had a bet about this film going in, a bet he laid. If the film, as I predicted, was terrible then Baxter would not download any new games to his Kindle Fire for the next five weeks, however if the film was very good, as he claimed, then I wouldn't be allowed to play Angry Birds on his device for the next five weeks.
So, we both had a lot riding on this animated film. 95 minutes later as the lights came up and we left the cinema the conversation quickly turned to the film, "Well, what did you think?" I asked him. "The thing is dad, " he replied, "It wasn't terrible but it wasn't very good either." I had to agree with him and we agreed it was a rather meh 5/10. So at least neither of us lost Kindle privileges.
The animation and look of the film was good, voice wise, it had William Shatner as a villain and Branden Fraiser as a Buzz Lightyear rip off and a trio of Liverpudlian sounding Greys, but beyond that there was nothing you've not seen a million times before. The plot was as old as a 1950's B-Movie and the sickening family sentimentalism was nauseating, but the film moved at a lick, was silly and had some quite funny action sequences so it wasn't a train wreck. It won't win any Oscars but at least it won't win any Rasperberries either. Young kids should love it, but 9-year olds and older will be mehed out by this one.


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