Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Bee Movie Review

Bee Movie is witty, charming, and inviting. Unfortunately, these aren't the only things a good story requires, and a few structural problems make it rather hard to recommend.

Jerry Seinfeld voices the protagonist, Barry B. Benson; who just so happens to be a bee. Barry is experiencing what could be called an early-life crisis. After graduating from bee collage he discovers that the career he chooses will be permanent. In other words, bee jobs last for the rest of their lives. Barry fails to see the point in the making of honey, and puts off choosing a job. He contemplates the purpose of work, and finally decides he wants to see the outside of the hive before commiting himself to a life of labor.

This may sound like the beginnings of a solemn tale, but it's far from it. The characters are charming and jokes, big and small, are pretty constant throughout the story. What's more, some very interesting themes and ideas resonate, concerning work and duty. The same can't be said for most animated films out there.

At the same time, though, I couldn't help but notice just how slow the pace is. Though the story is ultimately somewhat meaningful, there's just barely(if truly) enough momentum and development to take you there. It was interesting at times, but again, I can't say I'd recommend it.

Pros: Funny. More meaningful message than alot of kid's movies.

Cons: Slow pace, shallow storyline.

Rating: 6 out of 10

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