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Planet 51 Review


My rating 3.5 Stars
Okay, Planet 51 wasn’t bad; Thank God! I won’t go as far as to tell you to go out right now, rent it and watch it, but, if you have children, this is a cute movie to watch with them. The kids will love it and you might too. There were a few subtle jokes thrown in strictly for the adults. I’m a sure that the makers of this film didn’t want to piss off the parents for making them watch another pointless child movie. I thought they did a good job with that.

The movie borrowed a lot of stereotypes from the 1950’s. After all they jokingly set the story in that era. The 50’s being the birth of the alien fears here on Earth: Area 51, UFO sightings, sci-fi movies, etc. It is also the birth era of other fears that some of us still hold true: the communists, Rock and Roll, protesters, etc. The film is very innocent; after all it is a kid’s movie. But I liked how they took that innocence to a new level. It is innocent, but remember that the 1950’s innocence was on the verge of awakening and realizing that life wasn’t as simple as black and white. The film is quite good that way. And it is a good kid’s story, but it might also spark some good moral thoughts in young minds.

Subsequently, this movie also borrows so many different elements from other films, current affairs of both 1950’s and today, pop culture, music and any other forms of art. I really dug this. It was fun to pick out all of the different references. The film is filled with Easter eggs (or cookies as a friend of mine likes to call them) just waiting to be found. That was just one more considerate thing the movie producers did for the adults. It almost makes the movie a semi-interactive experience and I give the filmmakers a lot of credit for it and I thank them for that.

This is a nice little film. I’m glad that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I loved the animation and the humor and I loved finding all of the different Easter eggs. Not a bad way to spend an hour and a half. I’d say if you have to watch this movie, don’t worry you won’t be bored to tears.

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