Originally Posted by rlindo
I watched this today and felt it to be incredibly mediocre.
-Good premise, good animation, good voice acting
-A lot of baaaaaad dialogue/writing
This movie came off as though it was written by some college frat boys rather than by supposed adults whose jobs are to write movie scripts though judging by most movies made this decade it seems the fratboy like mentality is the norm since the goal seems to be to write for the lowest common denominator. Soooo many idiotic "jokes" that were not funny and other stupid lines. An example? When the Doc near the end says
"O M G"
Really? Give me a break. That is teenage girl texting type crap.
Is this really the type of dialogue parents want their kids to get used to? It is bad enough many adults in our north american society act like morons who don't give a rip about anything and have limited ability to socially interact in an intelligent and non-lazy manner (just look at the INSANE use of the term "whatever" people throw around in almost every sentence as proof) but do we need script writers to provide a helping hand in making kids go the same route? It is sad looking at the quality of writing this decade to the past and it will only get worse because people continually are showing they do not care about quality.
My favourite characters were B.O.B and Susan and I found the writing for their characters to be good. B.O.B's lines were the only that were often funny and Rogen did a great job there with his voice acting.
In the last week or two I've watched a handful of animation movies:
Wall-E, Ratatouille (rewatch), Bolt, Cars (rewatch), this
with the movie quality in that order and can say without question this was nowhere near those other 4 and this movie isn't even in the same league as the masterpiece known as Wall-E.
Again, to each their own. I thought MvA was a very slick-written movie, myself. "OMG"? Guess what, it's a part of pop-culture language and those kinds of references are everywhere - late-night talks shows, cartoons, etc. - and it's a part of kids' social interaction. Generally most would agree this was a movie made primarily for young people, not grumpy old "get off my lawn"ers.
What's more, I really appreciated the quick pace of this film, not beating the various plot elements down my throat and leaving much more room for fun and laughs. Frankly, I find some Pixar movies to be way too heavy handed in their approach to establishing characters or moral dilemas as ones that we should care about. Ratatouille and Cars come to mind. They should be a lot more fun than they end up being, in my opinion, because Pixar seems to try and force us to feel whatever the characters are feeling, and it doesn't always connect. WALL-E a masterpiece? In what, animation? Ya it's cute, ya it holds up a mirror to American society and forces us to think, blah blah blah...but it isn't exactly Children of Men or something, sheesh. Just give us Toy Story 3 already.
Sorry, but MvA was a refreshing distraction from the Pixar empire for me, with the perfect amount of pop-culture nods and jokes for both adults and youngins to make it fun. And I actually want to give it repeat viewings (unlike Rats, Nemo, Wall-E, etc).