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Movie Review - Bee Movie

Monday, November 5, 2007

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Movie Review - Bee Movie

Rated PG, Run Time of 90 Minutes, Animated.

Starring the voices of Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger.

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The Bee Movie is the latest film from Dreamworks Animation which is the studio behind the Shrek series. Needless to say, the animation and graphics are spot on and are very bright and colorful making your eyes scream with joy.

This particular movie has a lot to do with Jerry Seinfeld who has been at the forefront of this show since the very beginning and has infused his trademark comedic style into the production. For fans of his TV sitcom (Seinfeld), this was a glorious idea. For non-fans, it was almost enough to keep them away. Either way you look at it, the comedy in Bee Movie has some of Seinfeld's humor, but ultimately fails to capture it exactly. Once again, this is a good and bad thing depending on if you enjoyed the TV series. Overall, the comedy in the movie is very enjoyable although rarely laugh out loud funny.

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The show follows the exploits of recent graduate Barry who is then forced into beginning the rest of his life by picking a job that he will do until his death. Barry becomes 'scared' and doesn't want to pick something he'll be doing forever. This drives the plot of the show which ends up with Barry hanging out with a human and going to court to stop humans from stealing the bee's honey.

The flick is ultimately enjoyable but almost seems a bit too educational at times. The Bee puns are constant and get old. From beginning to end, the show keeps a brisk pace, but fails to engage the audience completely leaving many boring moments to get more pop and popcorn.

I enjoyed the show and many youngsters will like it even more. There is enough humor and intelligent storytelling crammed into it that adults will enjoy it, but the kids will be the main audience. Unlike Shrek which seemingly seeks to entertain all, Bee Movie doesn't quite hit all demographics with a homerun.

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Bee Movie is playing at Cinema 3 in McCook. Check out www.fridleytheatres.com for more information and showtimes.


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