Reviews and Problems with Escape from Planet Earth
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Escape From Planet Earth
Sound & Vision Magazine
5 March 2014
Excerpt: If you haven’t already figured it out from the film’s title, the Dark Planet is Earth. Yes, our heroes from BAAB are blue, and fall into the clutches of evil humans led by a maniacal general. Stop me if you’ve heard all this before.
Excerpt: Planet Baab has evolved as our own despite implications we, as humans, evolved backwards. Celebrity worship leads evening news, bumbling heroism is plastered onto breakfast cereals, and identifiable track suits are adorned with corporate logos.
Conclusion: Escape from Planet Earth is light, familiar, and forgettable family entertainment. That puts it at the low end among today's reliably satisfying, usually ambitious CG cartoons, but it's an effort viewers of any age probably won't strongly regret seeing.
Conclusion: Escape from Planet Earth has a lot of fun exploring its characters and universe. Even if the film isn't a bastion of originality, it takes itself lightly. It's a buoyant, bubbly, happy-go-lucky sort of movie that just rolls with limited range and cleverly mixes together its pieces into a movie that...
Conclusion: This turns out to be one of those rare instances where I'm only recommending a movie if the home viewer is going to be able to view the 3D version of the film. While the picture quality of the 2D version is stunning, so many of the visuals take advantage of the 3D format that it actually serves as...
Summary: A lightweight, warp-speed, brightly colored trifle that should delight small children and sporadically amuse their parents, "Escape from Planet Earth" is the sort of second-tier animated action-comedy that can tide over family auds during the gaps between more heavily hyped big-ticket items.
Excerpt: It’s one thing for a movie to have weaknesses. Even the better films released every year have some flaws, or at least a few areas that could use improvement. The problem with Escape From Planet Earth is that it doesn’t have one single strength to counteract any of those weaknesses.
Excerpt: There’s a low-key, innate satisfaction to watching a story throw out setups and provide resolutions, akin to the satisfaction of slotting pieces into place in a jigsaw puzzle. A sophisticated story disguises this process; a simple one keeps the pieces big and the connections obvious so it doesn’t...