2013 Movie Review of Escape From Planet Earth…
Last week we had the chance to see our first family-friendly movie of 2013, Escape from Planet Earth. This light-hearted, computer-animated film follows two alien brothers from the planet Baab with one being the brains and one being the brawn on official missions. A rescue mission to the “Dark Planet” (aka Earth) goes wrong and it’s up to Gary, the brains, to save his brother and thwart the plans of a bitter Area 51 director.
We had high expectations for this movie with all the greatness we saw in last year’s films. Sadly, this one did not live up to them. That’s not to say it wasn’t a nice flick. Young children from the ages of 4-10 will likely enjoy this film. The little ‘boy’, Kip, is an exciting, adventurous, and smart kid who loves his family but just wants to have fun. He’s easy to relate to and I liked that he had a respectful, balanced relationship with his parents overall. There are several one-liners and visual gags perfectly tailored to younger viewers.
However, for parents and older tweens/teens, it’s kind of boring. The story is predictable and character development is shallow. It’s one of those movies that you watch as-is. There are no deeper plots and several ‘holes’ in comprehensive logic creep in. For example, three other aliens were stranded on earth for years yet, for some reason, after escaping back into space their planets are completely bypassed and they aren’t returned home. Even my daughter was saying that didn’t make sense. Also, how is it the most intelligent aliens in the universe are so clueless?
While there are a few big names in the credits, the voice acting is sub-par and seem completely unconnected with the on-screen characters. The theme song by Bruno Mars is also a strange pairing as the lyrics allude to a proud practice of seducing women, using them, then leaving them heartbroken so he can move on and do it again with someone else. Not quite the message I want being sent to young boys and girls.
Escape From Planet Earth is a movie most appealing to young children. It’s 1-1/2 hours of sibling rivalry, silly aliens, and pieces of tape that explode. The story is very easy to follow and there aren’t any dramatic or dark scenes. The graphics are slick and characters are overall happy ones. After leaving the theater, all thoughts of the film are over and done and you can discuss where to get something to eat.
My family and I were provided a gift card to watch this movie and provide our honest opinion.