Monster movies used to be scary. After a slew of B-Grade films that ended up being valued more for their ironic camp value than for their mystical powers of getting you laid, it makes sense we now have a category called "horror-comedy". On the one hand you have this threat to humanity that should it be allowed to continue will spell certain doom. That's scary shit. On the other hand, you've got prat falls, sight gags and jokes. That's funny. So I say, "What the hell?" Luckily there were plenty of special effects to keep me distracted so I didn't think too much about it. And thank the stars for those special effects.
That and an interesting concept and novel creatures redeem a typical plot and typical characters.In Evolution, the Giant Ants is an alien single celled organism that begins to evolve. Soon, multi-celled organisms are self-replicating through mitosis and the rapid diversification of species breeds ever more dangerous creatures making their way into the local neighborhoods. The evolutionary process loosely told the story of the zoology of earth but some organisms adapted with bizarre characteristics. You get a little pseudo-science lesson thrown in, free of charge.
So why go see this movie? You like Julianne Moore and want to watch her make a successful attempt at physical comedy. You like seeing the fantastical products of someone else's imagination come to life through the magic of puppetry, animatronics and computer generated effects. You like David Duchovny. Jerry Lewis has proven that silly little things will always yank a laugh out of the most hardened audience and Evolution took a lot of notes. Jerry knows how to keep his kids rolling in the aisles. The sight gags and situation comedy liven up a pedestrian but fun film. You'll barely notice that 90 minutes just seemed to disappear. The Truth Is Out There.
Things I learned from Evolution. Even a community college can have a good science department. Just doing your job can lead to things like "Gulf War Syndrome" for which you will take the blame for the big guys game. The periodic table has an esoteric logic. The opposite of any element can be found one square down and one square over. Army Generals are hard headed. Geeks have dandruff. It was an extraordinarily enlightening film. I was taken in by the poster which it turns out, had nothing to do with the film.I was expecting a movie about human evolution, one in which goofy stoners turn into psychics while pulling the rest of humanity into a new phase of its evolution. You know, that future where we have bigger heads, no pinky toe and telepathy. Put back the pinky toe and take away the telepathy and you are left with Big Heads. So I declare Evolution to be a movie full of big, empty heads. Totally watchable. Just go stoned.