Genre: CG Animation
Director: Simon J. Smith, Steve Hickner
Cast (Voices): Jerry Seinfeld, Renée
Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy
Bates, Alan Arkin, Patrick Warburton
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins
Released By: UIP
Official Website: http://www.beemovie.com/
Opening Day: 8 November 2007
B. Benson (Seinfeld), a bee who has just graduated from college,
is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey.
On a special trip outside the hive, Barry's life is saved
by Vanessa (Zellweger), a florist in New York City. As their
relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey,
and subsequently decides to sue us.
There are a number of reasons not to be terribly excited by
this movie. First, haven’t we seen enough of animated
talking animals (in this case, bugs, or to be more specific,
bees) on the big screen already? Second, haven’t we
seen enough animated flicks boasting a starry cast and advanced
technology which ultimately becomes humdrum? Third, the bee
isn’t even that adorable to begin with.
there are also a number of reasons to be enthralled by Dreamworks’
latest animation offering. First, if you had seen the movie’s
teaser trailer, you’d be a scrooge not to be tickled
by how the humorous Jerry Seinfeld was trying to make a live-action
movie in his bee suit to disastrous effects. Second, the movie
has Seinfeld splattered all over it – the funnyman not
only voices the main character, he was also the producer and
writer of the comedy. Third, the plot does look interesting
– a bee who sues human beings just because we eat honey?
is absolutely ridiculous, if you ask us. But that is what
this movie is – ridiculously comical.
Dreamworks’ last bland offering that was Shrek 3, this
entertainingly amusing flick is definitely a fresh improvement.
a digestible runtime of 90 minutes, the movie starts off rather
predictably, with the typical protagonist who feels the strong
urge to break out of the norm and discover the exciting new
world out there. When Renee Zellweger’s human character
starts conversing with Seinfeld’s bee character, you
know this is where all logic should have been left at the
exaggeratedly out-of-this-world sequences and wacky setups
that will have everyone chuckling merrily. Kids can expect
colorfully-created scenes and cutesy jokes while the older
viewers can Expect word puns, pop culture references, dry
sarcasm and Seinfeld’s signature straight-talking humor.
the filmmakers did not forget to poke fun at the House of
names like Matthew Broderick, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, John
Goodman, Larry King and Oprah Winfrey lend their voices to
the myriad of characters in the hectically eventful movie.
Our favorite performance is from singer Sting: analyze his
name really closely to get an idea what the joke is about.
may not be blown away by the been-there-done-that look of
animation of this agreeable movie, but you would probably
not regret being excited enough to step into the theatre to
catch yet another full length animated feature.
may be a ridiculous movie, but it will definitely buzz you
up with its witty absurdity)
Review by John Li