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. There’s even a video Gary calls up while researching the planned mission, explaining Earth’s dangerous and violent life forms.
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. Scorch Supernova is a glistening beacon of perfection, except for being an idiot.
Excerpt: Meet Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser, The Mummy Returns ), a local do-good hero who has gained the trust an adulation of his home planet. After rescuing a trio of babies from murdering monsters, Scorch returns home to his nerdy brother Gary (Rob Corddry, Warm Bodies ), who mans the control deck for Scorch and lives a quiet existence with his wife (Sarah Jessica Parker, Ed Wood ) and little son. After Scorch checks out an S.O.S.
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.
Summary: Digitally animated movies have descended from the heights enjoyed in the days of Toy Story , not necessarily losing their appeal but certainly traversing down from the summit of novelty and richness, past the plateau of charm and general appeal, and into a gray area where plots aren't so important anymore, where cutting edge animation doesn't really wow adult audiences, where the market is so flooded with knockoffs, wannabes, and yes, still the occasional mega...
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 the source of one's primary enjoyment of the movie. Even with the 3D, I can't imagine anyone high school age or older wanting to view the film more than once.
Conclusion: Escape from Planet Earth is not a movie I'll revisit too often, but then I'm not a pre-teen boy. I can imagine if I was eight years old, I'd be nominating Brunker for canonization. However the bar has been raised for animated films, so a narrow focus will leave half the room disappointed. The quality of the presentation here is far from disappointing though, and there's a nice selection of extras to check out.
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. Every single facet of the film is at best, slightly below average and at worst, downright terrible. The characters are poorly conceived stereotypes that lack depth.
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 lose anyone along the way.