Count me out as one of Jerry Seinfeld's followers. I don't say that to
be mean to Jer. I wasn't one of the many who followed his show on a
regular basis. The show was very funny the few times I watched it. But I
wouldn't say it was a favorite of mine. When it went off the air with a
pathetic final show (which I did watch), I wasn't sad. In fact, my life
went on. So did Jerry's. The press wondered what Jerry would do next. He
laid low for a while, it seemed, and now we have "Bee Movie."
"Bee Movie" is now on DVD in a special 2-disc set and single DVD.
Jerry Seinfeld is a funny guy, doing a schtick that reminds me early
Woody Allen. Very New Yorker. So it's unusual to see Seinfeld not only
acting as a voice character of Barry B. Benson, but also act as one the
screenwriters and producers on "Bee Movie." I would've thought that
perhaps Seinfeld would go the early Woody Allen route and make comedies
for the big screen. Instead, he became animated.
In the tradition of "Antz," another DreamWorks movie that emphasized the
stars over story, "Bee Movie" casts Seinfeld as a bee who wants
something more than being just an ordinary worker bee. He finds himself
leaving the hive and meeting a pretty flower girl named Vanessa Bloome
(Renée Zellweger). One of the bee rules is never let a human hear you
talk. Well, Barry is a talker.
This is a movie where you simply sit back and watch. There are no heavy
messages, no crude humor to distract you from the story. You won't
dislike "Bee Movie" because it tries to be too clever and cute. It works
at just telling a story with some good voicing
and good animation. You don't come out of the movie thinking about it
afterward like you would "A Bug's Life" (1998). None of "Bee Movie's"
characters grab you or make you remember them like "A Bug's Life."
Similar to "Antz," and yet a million miles different, the characters in
"Bee Movie" are much more appealing and drawn better. The roundness and
softer overall look to the film makes it easier to watch. I always found
myself turned off by the roughness of the "Antz" characters, not to
mention the fact I kept paying attention to the star talent on the
soundtrack. This movie is not much different. I kept pinpointing the
star voices a lot during the film, rather than focusing on the story.
Patrick Warburton, for instance, is now the go-to guy for character
voicing in animation. His voice is so distinct. I'm sure that kids don't
care who's doing the voices. They care about a good time, and this movie
does provide it. Being a grown-up sometimes takes the fun out of movies
like this, but I'm not the target audience for "Bee Movie."
So Jer does a respectful job in "Bee Movie." It won't set your world on
fire, but it'll entertain you for 90-minutes.
Special thanks to Click Communications
Photo: © DreamWorks Animation. All rights reserved.
Jerry returns to the public eye in a breezy
Directors: Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith
Cast: Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger,
Chris Rock, Patrick Warburton, John Goodman, Larry King
Music video, games, alternate endings,
Sound: Very Good
Aspect Ratio (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD RELEASE DATE
March 11, 2008