Flash Movie Review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman

The first time I rode public transportation without adult supervision was so exhilarating. A friend of mine joined me as we took the train to go downtown. I remember sticking my hand out the window just far enough to let it rise and fall on the rushing current of air like an airplane. Prior to this my mother had accompanied me but this time she agreed to let me go with a friend. You see, I knew the route by heart since we used to explore downtown on the weekends. However, this time with my friend I felt for the first time like an independent adult. When I think back to that time it occurs to me isn’t that one of the best compliments a parent can receive about their child, that they are growing up to be an independent and hopefully responsible adult? With that being the case then the boy in this animated film was in good hands with Mr. Peabody, voiced by Ty Burrell (The Incredible Hulk, Modern Family-TV). The smart, creative genius Mr. Peabody, who was in the process of adopting as his son Sherman, voiced by Max Charles (The Three Stooges, The Neighbors-TV), would use his time machine to take Sherman back to events that shaped history. Unfortunately when Sherman’s friend Penny Peterson, voiced by Ariel Winter (Speed Racer, Modern Family-TV), learned of Mr. Peabody’s invention, it would take no time for the two friends to cause a ripple in time that would change history. Would the smartest canine in the world be able to set history right while trying to raise a son? One of the things I liked about the original Mr. Peabody cartoons was his quick wit, puns and sarcastic remarks. Gratefully the writers kept all of that in this adventure film. The actors did an admirable job voicing the cartoon characters, quickly playing off of each other, at times in rapid fire dialog. I found the humor became stale as time went  on. With most of the story being predictable I am not sure if younger children would enjoy this movie. The crowd was more adult at the after dinner time showing I attended. I assumed they were there for nostalgic reasons. An issue I had with this film had to do with the ending; I felt it was rushed as it tried to do too much in a short time frame. It redeemed itself with the message I took away from the story on how love makes a family.

 

 2 1/2 stars 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 11, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I don’t like most of the remakes like this – perhaps it’s just I’ve changed. Isn’t it funny that every place has a downtown

  2. Great.. it’s worth watching it!

  3. Will have to give this a watch one day…probably on a rental.

  4. liked the review. liked the saturday morning version of mr peabody better than the “remake”

    • Thank you for coming by to tell me and I agree with you. The cartoon were more enjoyable than this film. What would Rocky and Bullwinkle say about it I wonder?

  5. I never watched the Mr. Peabody cartoon. But I took my daughter to see this movie last week — a special Friday treat for her. We both loved it. Perhaps it’s because I never saw the Saturday morning version … or maybe I just have a small mind and, thus, am easily entertained. I also liked how Sherman came to be more confident and comfortable with who he is and with the type of family he had. Maybe I’m being a bit too simplistic with it all, but all of his “I’m not a dog!” protests remind me of those pre-teen (and sometimes teenage or even into adulthood for an unlucky few) when we are all struggling with who we are and what we mean in the world. And a time when we often desperately wish to be anyone but ourselves.

  6. Took my granddaughter to see this movie in 3D and it was awesome! Wonderful story and it brought back memories of the days I watched it on TV.

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