Starring: Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Ricky Gervais, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Rob Corddry, William Shatner
Directed by: Cal Brunker
Written By: Cal Brunker, Bob Barlen
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 1 hr 29 min
Escape from Planet Earth is purely for young kids only. As events occur, there was rarely a logical reason behind the action – but as long as things got loud, fast, bright and colorful while it was happening who cares, right? Well the adults who take their kids to the theater to see this film. They might care, because they stand to lose an hour and half of their lives, and a wallet full of cash to make this trip happen. The characters in this film are one dimensional stereotypes. The jokes telegraph their arrival. The plot makes little sense, and the script is pretty lifeless. On the plus side though, this should keep kids entertained. The animation is sharp, colorful and detailed, and the whole thing moves along at a pretty decent pace.
Adults – You have been warned! There are some references here and there that you might enjoy. For the most part though, just be happy that your kids are entertained.
Best viewing format:
The animation looks great so I’d suggest a digital 2D matinee to save cash. To save even more, wait for the blu-ray and watch it at home. That way the kids can watch it when ever they want, and you can get on with other things.
Worst moment for me: << spoiler >>
There are three aliens that appear together throughout the film. They look like the typical Roswell big eyed aliens we’ve seen a million times before. At the end of the film they finally speak, and I guess they’re supposed to sound like The Beetles? I found that a bit lame, and I think they left out Ringo.