Monday, March 10 2014, 04:44 PM MDT
Movie Review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Rob Minkoff
Starring: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Recommended To: Kids, mostly, and parents looking for a tiny bit of nostalgia mixed within the mayhem.
Synopsis: The adventures of Mr. Peabody, an incredibly intelligent dog, and his adopted son Sherman as they travel through time in their WABAC machine.
Review: Having watched my share of The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show over the years I found myself looking forward to Mr. Peabody & Sherman. I’ve always enjoyed a good history lesson, particularly when it came wrapped in a cartoon container (the sort that kept me from realizing I was actually learning something). So in theory the opportunity to visit Egypt, Italy, Troy and other historically significant locations should be a thrill ride. Sadly, something seems to be missing. It isn’t the CGI look of the characters or the new voice actors. It’s not the convoluted plot. It’s that Craig Wright’s script would rather use juvenile sight gags than be clever. It’s not poorly written; it just feels a bit lazy.
In Mr. Peabody & Sherman I found just enough nostalgia to enjoy myself, but unlike The Lego Movie, which was able to appeal to the adult in me as much as the inner child, this film is mostly for kids. Yes, there will be many references that young children won’t catch, but these small moments don’t really expand the film’s ability to entertain older audiences. Adults won’t be annoyed by the film; they just won’t enjoy it as much as their smaller counterparts.
-Ryan Michael Painter