Flash Movie Review: Norm of the North

The human race has created many beautiful things throughout the centuries. Some of them remain standing today while others over time were demolished, either for something newer or in the name of progress. What I find hideous is when the people in power decide to placate the local residents by saving the facade of a structure they are tearing down only to paste it onto the building they are constructing in the same spot. It does not matter that there is not architectural connection between the two. For me a more lasting beauty is what nature creates all around us. I have been extremely lucky to have visited some of the national parks across the United States. From a geyser to a canyon to a mountain peak, I have seen places that have not been touched by a human hand. Can you imagine if there comes a time where, let us say, an electronic billboard is erected in a national park? Or how about if a hotel or gift shop is constructed next to natural stone arches or powerful waterfalls? I for one would consider it a crime to spoil such natural, pristine beauty that is here on this planet. Not everything has to be new and fresh to be considered a natural beauty (good advice for some celebrities); I do not know when our values changed to discard old objects or look at a place and determine how it can generate money. It is this type of message that was the focus of this animated film.    WHEN real estate developer Mr. Greene, voiced by Ken Jeong (Ride Along 2, Community-TV), commits to building condos in the Arctic home of Norm, voiced by Rob Schneider (50 First Dates, The Hot Chick), the talking polar bear decides to travel to American to change Mr. Greene’s mind. I have to be blunt and right to the point here; this adventure comedy was one of the worst films I have seen in the past year. It was startling to say the least. The animation was poor, story weak, jokes both lame and inappropriate; I ask you what child needs to see a twerking polar bear? What in the world possessed Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, The Hangover franchise) as Vera and especially Bill Nighy (About Time, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel franchise) as Socrates to take part in this disaster? The movie studio behind this film, as far as I know, is not known for creating animated pictures and it showed. I am not exaggerating in the least when I tell you the children in the audience never reacted to anything on the screen while most of the parents were either focusing on their snacks or smart phones. The only reason I am including an extra 1/4 star to the rating is because the message was sound, not that young children would understand the concept here. This movie was as lame as this joke: this film left me cold.

 

1 1/4 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 January 19, 2016, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Ugh well thanks once again for the fall. So I watched Constantine (with Keanu Reeves, older film) on Netflix over the weekend and didn’t find the review on your site for feedback (which I try to do when I watch a movie you have reviewed.) Would you consider that one to watch? Would love to see your take on the movie. 🙂 Very mixed reviews between critics and viewers.

  2. Elsie's Borderline Personality Journey

    Absolutely loving your blog. (Foodie Blogger, Keanu Reeves I feel was the wrong choice of lead for Constantine. He’s no Hellblazer). Thank you for your insights on films, gives me incentives to watch films I wouldn’t dream of giving a chance.

    • Hi Elsie it is a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave your comments. Hopefully you will find some hidden treasures here that will motivate you to watch them. There is nothing like a movie to take us out of ourselves is how I feel. Keep up the good work on your site.

  3. Well I think what you are referring to CS Lewis once called it “chronological snobbery” – and the ending t joke was actually not too bad -ha!

  4. When my kids and I saw a trailer for this movie we all agreed it looked terrible – and that presumably was a showcase of the best bits.

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