Underwhelming: episodic, a random collection of unconnected vignettes rather than one cohesive story. Inoffensive, but missing the first movie’s fantastical animals’ perspective on the human world.
Oswalt is being tongue in cheek, but he’s also being serious: Pop culture has become all self-references, snake-eating-its-tail meta commentary on our own dorkiness. Could the only way to refresh pop culture — as well as the nerd love that worships it — be to destroy it all and start fresh?
Danged if the flick don’t feel like the Coen Brothers, if it ain’t redolent with the wonderfully odd tang of farce and feeling that they invariably bring to, at least, their lighter films.
How can there not be more installments, that definitive the notwithstanding? 1. The Final Destination: $27.4 million (NEW) 2. Inglourious Basterds: $19.3 million (2nd week; drops 49%) 3. Halloween II: $16.3 million (NEW) 4. District 9: $10.3 million (3rd week; drops 44%) 5. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: $7.7 million (4th week; drops 37%) … more…
Quibbles? Do I have quibbles? You bet. Why did Joel Hodgson torment us so with the brilliance that was *Mystery Science Theater 3000* if it couldn’t go on forever? How can we take revenge on those who cancelled the show, not once but twice, first on Comedy Central and then on the Sci Fi Channel? Why isn’t the whole damn series available right now on DVD? And how can a robot made of a small plastic toy bubble gum machine be so darn sexy?
Oh, but there is joy in this movie… It fills you up, this wonderful, wonderful movie, with just the simple yet profound connection it’s possible to make with another creature, even if that creature is merely a cartoon rat.