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Bee Movie (2007) PG 90min

November 12th, 2007 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 5,172 Views

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bee-movie-poster.jpgJerry Seinfeld and Spike Feresten wrote this funny script and Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith directed it.

Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) has just graduated from school, but he’s disappointed by the choice of jobs in the bee hive: “you pick a honey-making job for the REST OF YOUR LIFE”. On one of the trips outside the hive into New York City, his life is saved by a florist girl, Vanessa Bloome (Renée Zellweger). Barry falls for her. But soon he discovers that humans eat honey by enslaving other bees and stealing their honey. With Vanessa’s help he decides to sue the humanity.

I went to the theatre with very low expectations because I have seen so many 3D animated movies that are really bad and not interesting (and not made by Pixar) that I thought this will be just a time waster. But the weather was bad and spending few hours in the theater would be a good idea. To my surprise, this turned out to be a funny and interesting movie. Weird movie too. What were they thinking? A talking bee would be normal in a cartoon. But a bee is falling for a girl (who, by the way, doesn’t look nothing like Jessica Rabbit)? “Is she Beeish? I hope she is not a Wasp!”, says Barry’s mother (Kathy Bates).

I thought the movie was a bit long for children. Nevertheless, kids loved it, laughing loudly. Adults loved it too. Great lighthearted jokes. A lot of references to popular culture and contemporary celebrities a la Shrek. For example, there’s Bee Larry King (Lary king), Sting (Sting), Ray Liotta (Ray Liotta). Jokes like “If John Travolta can fly an airplane, how hard can it be?”. Funny court drama scene, but could have been better (could be worse too). Great, great cast: in addition to aforementioned people who gave their voices to their own bee-characters, there’s Oprah Winfrey, Barry Levinson, Kathy Bates, Chris Rock and Matthew Broderick. I loved Barry’s “Mr Bee goes to Washington” sort of speech that ended with “enslaved to make honey for the White man”.

Dialogs were not particularly good and they were a bit too long for small children to stay focused, and animation was not particularly state-of-the-art, but it was lovely and funny film. A lot like “The Incredibles”. For that reason I forecast that this film is going to be nominated for Best Animated feature of this year along with Pixar’s Ratatouille. Great entertainment for the whole family.

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Tags: Animation · Comedy · Movies

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  • 1 Kss // Nov 12, 2007 at 12:34 am

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    So far, this is the first review that give this movie a good rating. I like animation.. but the quality of the animated movies is dropping these days. Rather skeptical now.

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