Jerry Seinfeld is known for his comedic presence and, of course, that show about nothing. He hasn’t done much to entertain an audience since the afore mentioned show about nothing, but set his hopes high with his newest endeavor. Seinfeld took his skill, which is playing to the seldom found humor of every day life and squeezing some laughs out of it, and tried to apply his methods into a children’s movie that was marketed for children with commercials that aired during prime time dramas viewed adults letting the adults know about this children’s movie that was being marketed to adults. Make any sense?
The best thing going for Bee Movie was Jerry Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld also happened to be the only thing going for the film. It is sad, but true, to say that Pixar has set a very high standard for all animated films. Pixar’s magic centers around their ability to take things that have little or no emotional value to everyday people, and generate interest in these things and their world. Pixar took fish and made us wonder what it would actually feel like to be stuck in an aquarium or even what it would be like to travel an entire ocean to find a loved one. Not once during this film did I sympathize or attempt to understand the world of bees.
What is the difference maker? Pixar takes fish and leaves them in the ocean, swimming and interacting with other marine life. Nemo never drove a fish car, stayed in a fish motel and never spoke to people. Bee Movie lacked imagination. Anyone can draw a bee in a car and say ‘this is how they travel.’ It takes imagination to put yourself in the character’s world and show your audience how a bee really lives. As soon as the bees started talking to people, any imagination that was lingering in my head and heart was gone. So now that originality and creativity has been thrown to the curb, what about plot?
The worst thing about the film, was the fact that the story was so far fetched and over the top. I didn’t know what was worse, the fact that most children wouldn’t be able to comprehend the magnitude or ridiculousness of a bee suing the human race and the entire bee community consequently ceasing to pollinate, or the pretentious adults who were actually discussing the ramifications of it actually happening. I heard several adults actually arguing how big of an impact that bees would make by suing the human race. Adults ruin everything.
Another hang-up of mine, was in the confusing marketing of the film. There were more than a few jokes and references directed at adults. The Graduate was referenced at one time. I don’t know any children, let alone many adults, that could have understood the humor or the relevance of referencing The Graduate in the given situation. A few critics laughed at the reference, but not many people even noticed anything special about the scene. The film was an adult sized mess that is sure to be pawned off to children all over the world. It’s a shame, but the film lacked something in almost every department.
||Release Date: November 2, 2007
Rated: PG for mild suggestive humor, and a brief depiction of smoking.
Running Time: 90 min.
Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton
Director: Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith
Screenplay: Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, Andy Roben
Studio: Paramount Pictures / Dreamworks Animation
Official Website: BeeMovie.com