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1.64

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Worth A Look: 4%
Average: 8%
Pretty Bad: 36%
Total Crap52%

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Fly Me to the Moon
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by Jason Whyte

"3-D means nothing if you have only ugly flies to show for it."
1 stars

Don’t let the “first ever animated 3-D Digital” boast of the marketing for “Fly Me To The Moon” fool you into thinking that this is a worthwhile trip out to the movies. Any movie can be great, but it has to earn its praise; it doesn’t immediately earn a pass because it’s the first of something. And while the 3-D format is hit and miss with me (I had fun with the recent “Journey To The Centre of the Earth” 3D movie), this new animated picture just put me in a bad mood.

Taking a cue from Alvin & The Chipmunks, the film features three ants named Nat, IQ and Scooter. Nat is the assumed leader of the gang, IQ is the brains and Scooter likes to eat. When they discover that there’s a moon mission about to happen in their backyard, they are determined to be on that flight so they can be the first ants on the moon. Before the maggots can yell “Nat’s going to the moon! Nat’s going to the moon!”, they’re off on a space adventure where things constantly fly at the screen for you to reach out and touch them.

My vision is excellent and I have had no need for corrective lenses; yet I had quite a spot of trouble focusing on exactly what I was supposed to be looking at in this, nor why would I care. The visuals look “okay” for computer animation but lack in character, and every now and then I would notice this “box” effect around the screen that was quite distracting. I am aware that this is a lower budget film than something you would find at Disney or Pixar, but that doesn’t excuse the filmmakers from finding ways around their budget, not using it as an excuse for shoddy work.

The whole movie features a shot like this: a perspective of the large land around the ants, then the ants fly immediately into frame directly infront of you, thus focusing out the rest of the movie and making them feel like they are communicating right in front of you. There are also frequent shots of ants flying towards something, or ants flying around doing three-dimensional things, to the point where you realize nothing narrative wise is happening on the screen and it’s just something to entertain the little kiddies.

What’s worse is that the threadbare story goes on for far too long, giving us ridiculous subplots like the father who never got a chance to fly with the first monkey in space, or bewildering sequences featuring Kremlin ants as they try to sabotage the moon re-entering the earth (and we never get to see any ACTUAL Russian people in the film, yet the thinly drawn Americans are everywhere).

There is also no real sense of danger at any point in the movie. We know the mission is going to be successful, and anytime a problem arises the ants fix it without much effort. And that’s pretty much it.

Why be so harsh on Fly Me To The Moon 3D? Perhaps because this project is envisioned as an IMAX picture, and there’s a 45 minute version out there that cuts out all the Kremlin material and is pretty much an “oooh” and “ahhh” hour of pretty things flying around. Problem is, with Pixar doing superior work in film and on 2-D, this comes across as too little too late. The little kids might like getting the funky glasses and laugh at the pratfalls, but they deserve a whole lot better than this.

\SPOILER ALERT, kinda…as the end credits commence, the real Buzz Aldrin comes onto the screen and tells us that it would be a “scientific impossibility” that ants could ever survive on an actual mission, and we should always keep reaching for the stars. Amazingly, there’s no website posted to “get involved”, and it probably should also be mentioned that it’s scientifically impossible to create an ant-sized space suit.

I don’t know, it would have made me laugh.

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originally posted: 09/25/08 16:53:11
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User Comments

2/24/09 Bethany Cox Oh shut up! It's not that bad. It's predictable, but not terrible! 4 stars
10/20/08 Monster A Go-Go It's pretty sad when the ONLY thing a movie has going for it is 3-D... 2 stars
9/25/08 Bob Dog They're flies, not ants - perhaps the reviewer saw the wrong film 3 stars
8/25/08 George Barksdale Not great but OK. 3 stars
8/20/08 PAUL SHORTT MILDLY EDUCATIONAL AND NOT ALL THAT ENTERTAINING 2 stars
8/17/08 Margeaux Two thumbs down! 2 stars
8/15/08 bruno priani it makes the clone wars look good 1 stars
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