Monday, November 19, 2012
Mars Needs Moms (Movie Review)
Review by "Ken From Honolulu"
Directed by Simon Wells
Seth Green as Milo
Dan Folger as Gribble
Joan Cusack as Mom
A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to take her away.
This movie is sort of an animated film. But they use live actors instead of computer generated characters. They wear suits that catch their actions and the computer turns the actions into a type of animated film.
It is only 88 minutes, so it is not long. I believe the demographic it was aimed at was the 8-12 year range.
The film has a message and doesn’t mind beating you over the head with it. The message is “moms are great, you should love them for all you’re worth.” It almost goes to the point of saying that moms are some kind of demigod. The other message is that men are not involved in the raising of the children.
When Milo gets to Mars, he finds the men are a bunch of dread-locked guys living in the dump. All they seem to do is party all day. Even Milo’s dad is not around. You don’t see any examples of real men in this film.
The only man Milo interacts with is Gribble. As a 12 year old, Gribble’s mother was kidnapped and he tried to save her but failed. If you do the math according to the movie, Gribble is something like 37 years old. The Martians only have babies every 25 years.
Gribble seems to be stuck with a 12 year old mind. The men are portrayed as either stunted with 12 year old minds, or a bunch of losers.
Milo meets up with a Martian girl, who has to be at least 25 years old, since they have babies every 25 years. She acts like a 15-16 year old. At the end of the film her and Gribble get together.
The film glorifies tagging. This girl goes all over the place tagging the gray walls of the Martian city. The film also says you should rebel against those who are older than you, because they are mean and stupid.
The production was great. It was a great film visually.
The story got kind of boring.
Rated PG for sci-fi action and peril
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