Friday, November 09, 2007
Movie Reviews: BEE MOVIE
Recent bee graduate Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) isn't thrilled at having just one option for a career, namely honey. After he befriends a human woman named Vanessa (Renée Zellweger) who saves his life, he finds out that humans eat lots of honey and decides to sue humanity for stealing from bees.
Cast Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Alan Arkin
Director(s) Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith
Writer(s) Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, Andy Robin
Status In theaters (wide)
Release Date Nov. 2, 2007
Running Time 90 minutes
MPAA Rating PG - for mild suggestive humor
Bee Movie, Jerry Seinfeld's pet project, is a scattershot attempt that can provide laughs during moments of inspired hilarity but then change gears so abruptly that it makes the entire endeavor hard to digest. Seinfeld's brand of humor is all over this film but, like most of the movie, it ranges wildly from super kid friendly to satirically adult. Seinfeld does well as Barry and gives the character a certain amount of likability needed for these kind of projects. Matthew Broderick is kind of in the background and is never given too much meat to work with, he's very non- descript throughout. Renee Zellweger comes off very comfortable in her role; she and Seinfeld have pretty good chemistry even if the interspecies crush is a bit odd. Seinfeld had been working on this project, which he co wrote, for nearly 4 years and after viewing it you get a real sense that he had way too many ideas that he wanted to cram into this movie. As mentioned before, it's not entirely unfunny but kids will probably gloss over some of the better moments, some I confirmed while watching and hearing only parents and myself laugh but nothing else. In the end, it's an animated film that can't find a singular purpose but instead shoots off in different direction, thematically, in a moment's notice and can't seem to stay on track for too long. When compared to the stellar Pixar movies it really pales in comparison.