A Charming, Light and Funny Animated Comedy
Bee Movie is a lovely film to look at because of its bright visuals - which will enchant children - and syrupy sweet atmosphere. It stars Jerry Seinfeld as Barry B. Benson, a bee who is disillusioned with the bee's tough life of hard work and very little play. The audience quickly learns that once a bee graduates from high school, they are immediately assigned to a job in the honey making factory at random, which they will have for the rest of their lives.
Barry rebels against this and after sneaking into a restricted zone and disguising himself as a pollinator, finds himself flying outside in New York City. Here he inadvertently has an accident and as a result meets Vanessa (voiced by Renée Zellweger), a beautiful florist with a boyfriend named Ken, who hates bees.
She discovers that he can speak and eventually the pair form an unlikely friendship. However, Barry soon discovers that not all humans are as nice as his new friend when he spots a jar of honey in Vanessa's kitchen. She tells him that it is sold all around the world and he is outraged. How could humans exploit bees like this for profit? He decides to file a lawsuit against the entire human race on behalf of all bees so that they can reclaim what is rightfully theirs.
The ensuing legal battle is original and witty - if entirely unbelievable - and showcases Seinfeld's great comic ability and allows for some very amusing moments. There are various celebrity cameos - in bee form, of course - including the likes of Ray Liotta, who owns his own honey company in the film, Larry King and Sting. Chris Rock also provides the voice of a manic mosquito who Barry meets on the windscreen of a truck and Oprah Winfrey plays the judge presiding over the trial.
The film - while not a masterpiece of animation or content - is very entertaining with humour which will please both children and adults and is well worth seeing, especially if you are a fan of Seinfeld or Dreamworks animation in general. Overall, its not too shabby.
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The prologue depicts a young Indiana Jones in 1912 as a Boy Scout in Utah, battling grave robbers for the Cross of Coronado (an ornamental cross belonging to Francisco Vásquez de Coronado). As they give chase, Indiana hides in a circus train, in the process using a whip, scarring his chin, and gaining a fear of snakes. Although he rescues the cross, the robbers tell the Sheriff that Indiana was the thief, and he is forced to return it, while his oblivious father Henry is working on his research. The leader of the hired robbers, dressed very similarly to the future Indiana, gives him his fedora with some encouraging words. In 1938, an adult Indiana is on the robbers' ship, the Coronado, off the Portuguese coast, finally retrieving the Cross and donating it to Marcus Brody's museum.
Indiana meets the wealthy Walter Donovan, who informs him that Indy's father vanished while searching for a clue to the location of the Holy Grail, using an incomplete stone tablet as his guide. Indy receives a special package that turns out to be his father's Grail diary in which he recorded all his findings and clues towards the Holy Grail. Understanding that his father would not have sent the Grail Diary, his father's life's work, to him unless he was in trouble, Indiana and Marcus travel to Venice. There they meet the beautiful and mysterious Dr. Elsa Schneider who had been working with Indiana's father. Using his diary, Indiana and Elsa search the ancient catacombs underneath the library where Henry was last seen. The catacombs are filled with oil slicked water several feet deep and infested with rats. Inside is the tomb of Sir Richard, a knight of the First Crusade, whose shield holds a complete version of the information on the tablet.
The Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword, a secretive and fanatical religious cult that protects the Holy Grail, sets fire to the oil in the catacombs to kill Indiana and Elsa. Indiana overturns Richard's sarcophagus so that he and Elsa can take refuge inside from the flames, and emerge from a sewer grate in Venice outside the library. Indiana and Elsa commandeer a motorboat to escape, managing to fight off all but the cult's leader, Kazim, during the ensuing chase. Jones convinces Kazim that he is looking for his father, not the Grail, and Kazim reveals that his father is being held in a castle near the Austrian-German border. Indiana finds his father, but they are betrayed by Elsa and Donovan, who worked with the Nazis to stage Henry's kidnapping, so that Indiana would solve the mystery of the Grail for them. Meanwhile, in İskenderun, Hatay, the Nazis capture Brody, whom Indiana had given the map to for safekeeping.
Indiana and Henry are tied up, but escape and travel to Berlin to retrieve Henry's diary, which contains the clues to evade three booby traps guarding the Grail. At a Nazi book burning rally, a disguised Indiana corners Elsa and convinces her to return the diary to him. While escaping, Indiana bumps into Adolf Hitler, who takes the diary and signs it, not knowing what it is. Indiana and Henry travel on a Zeppelin, which begins to turn around, letting Indiana realize the Nazis know they are on board. They escape the ship by taking an attached fighter plane, evading Nazi dogfighters. Henry accidentally shoots out the tailfin, and they crash land. They steal a car, causing one Nazi plane to be destroyed when it follows them through a tunnel. On a beach, Henry uses his umbrella to stir up a flock of seagu
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Mildly Amusting Animated Effort,
"Mildly amusing" is probably the best description of this recently-released (on DVD) animated feature. My reviews on animated movies are what I thought of it as an adult, and how adults would relate to it. For this one, I'd say this is not a film adults will run out and buy: rent - yes/maybe; purchase - no.
The animation and story might be something kids will still enjoy but most of the gags fall flat for adults, although it does have a few clever things in it. It just isn't up to some of the truly funny animated films of the past few years. That said, it was still fun to watch with some humorous drawings in the background that you have to watch for quickly.
As for the story, for a film with a lot of politically-correct messages, stereotypical characters, Liberal icons plugged, etc., it was surprising to see a commonsense "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" conclusion. Kudos for that, but there are just too many dumb parts in this story. The connection of a talking bee with a human girlfriend was too ludicrous to be entertaining, as were the courtroom scenes.
The animation was fair. Yes, a story with flowers as a key ingredient is going to be colorful, so there is plenty of color but it looked kind of washed out and blah to what it could have been (i.e. "Cars," "Polar Express," etc.). I expected more out of a Dreamworks film.
Overall, for adults: skip it. It just isn't funny enough to invest your time. For the little kids, sure - they'll like it. They like almost almost any animated movie.
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Not a Bee movie, an A movie
Although not quite up to the level of Shrek or Ice Age, this does get fairly close,the story of Barry the bee who manages to escape the hive and ventures into the outside world,experiencing the world of humans and falling in love with a woman who saves his life,upon visiting a supermarket with her, he discovers how humans take their hard earned honey and sell it,he decides to put this right and sets out on a mission to stop this exploitation,the resulting effects of this are disasterous and he has to undo the mess he caused.The animation is class,the characters have definite and beleivable personalities,the storyline is above average and the script is professional and in particular the dialogue between Jerry Seinfeld's character,Barry and Renee Zellweger's character is witty and fast paced.This film ticks both boxes for children and adults and certainly qualifies it for a position in your animation collection.I don't give it a bee,I give it an A.
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BEE MOVIE - SO IS IT REALLY GOOD?
YES.IN MY OPINION IT IS A LOVELY FAMILY FRIENDLY MOVIE MY 2 DAUGHTERS ABSOLTELY ADORED BEE MOVIE AND THEY WATCHED 20 TIMES AT LEAST.MAIN CHARACTER BARRY IS SUCH A LOVELY GUY ! HE HAS A BIG HEART AND HE IS VERY FUNNY
I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MOVIE TO ALL AGES IT IS EXTREMLY FUNNY AND STRESS FREE COMEDY !
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