Saturday, March 13, 2010

Planet 51 - DVD Review


Starring the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott and John Cleese.
Directed by Jorge Blanco & Javier Abad.

The animation is better than Happily N'Ever After but not as good as, say, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The story starts out promising. A 1950's era alien planet where the people there do barbecues and go to sock-hops, and they're obsessed with alien monster movies. Then when a real alien shows up, an astronaut from Earth, the real paranoia begins.

Trouble is, the astronaut in question is Chuck Baker, a dimbulb egomaniac that makes Buzz Lightyear at the beginning of Toy Story look well-informed. Baker's adventure on this planet is severely limited by his lack of wonder or common sense. Naturally there's a scientist who pretends to be an alien expert. Naturally there's a trigger-happy general who wants to destroy it for national security.

And there's a mobile robot that may have been conceived before Wall-E came out, but at this point it comes across as a giant, giant rip-off.

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