Sunday, May 06, 2007

Movie Review: Meet the Robinsons

Last night was movie date time with my dear husband. After reading several reviews of Spider Man - 3 and discussing it with friends (We enjoyed the first two films a lot), we decided to opt for something lighter, with less violence and drama, so we went to see the G-rated "Meet the Robinsons". It is an animated film adapted from William Joyce's children's book, A Day With Wilbur Robinson," about a futuristic family, with a time-travel plot and a comical villain. To me, it resembled a slightly more whimsical and wacky animated version of "Back to the Future."

The plot revolves around a 12- year - old child genius, Lewis, whose mother leaves him on the porch of an orphanage as an infant. Lewis is well cared for in the orphanage, but his love for science, as well as his wacky experiments and unusual inventions, prevent him from attaining the very thing he desires most in life - to be a member of a loving family.

In an attempt to find his biological mother, Lewis invents a scanner to retrieve from his memory an image of her. When he takes his new invention to the science fair, he meets a young man from the future, Wilbur Robinson, age 13, who warns him about Bowler Hat Guy, who is determined to prevent Lewis from achieving success. Bowler Hat Guy and his hat companion, Doris, steal the memory scanner and attempt to use it for their own monetary gain and success.

Wilbur whisks Lewis away in his time machine into a visually appealing and fanciful future world, where he meets the rest of the Robinson clan, who each have their own amusing and unusual quirks. Some of these include adults playing with a life - sized train and teaching frogs to sing.

I enjoyed the first part of this film as well as the ending. The middle was a little difficult to follow and seemed jumbled, with too many crazy antics happening all at once.

The film is very fast paced and the sounds, shapes, and action would certainly hold the attention of young children (under 12), while some pre-teens/ teenagers might consider the film a little too "childish" for their tastes. Then, there are some adults like my husband and me whose spirits were lifted up by the film.

My rating is: B or **** out of 5 stars.

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