Planet 51

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When Chuck the astronaut (Dwayne Johnson) lands on a distant planet filled with little green people, he is surprised to discover that we are not alone in the galaxy. But he gets the shock of his life when the residents of Planet 51 mistakenly believe that his presence is the start of an alien invasion of the human kind! Luckily, Lem (Justin Long) quickly realizes that Chuck is friendly and makes it his personal mission to help him return safely to his ship.Amazon.comMore >>

Planet 51

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  1. Substituting real people for artificial creatures did not make the movie more attractive. Instead, the producer was stuck with the limitation of graphic animation that created empty places, scarcity of liveliness, and boring musicals. My only justification for resorting to such low level of graphic animation was stingy economic reasons that rendered the movie less attractive and boring.

    The contrast between the complex and advanced space technology and the low-level animation and poorly written scenario would not serve the purpose of enriching the imagination of children. The odd features of the artificial creatures did not serve the purpose of invoking laughter or curiosity, nor did they aid in expanding the horizon of telling a compelling fictional tale.

    Embarking on a shallow story with no climaxing affairs, told with boring low graphic animation, made the sitting and watching burdensome and the end regrettable. You would have wished that you would rather get right away into a more sensual movie in order to stay uplifted.

    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. When my wife and I went to see Planet 51, it was a Sunday night in the pouring rain. We were the only people in the theater. And that was apt, because we’re probably the only adults who actually bothered to see the movie and got all the jokes.

    On Planet 51, things are looking up for Lem (Justin Long), an aspiring assistant manager for the local planetarium. He just got the job and he’s about to ask out the girl next door, Neera (Jessica Biel). Until an “alien” shows up. And that alien is Captain Charles (Chuck) T. Baker (Dwayne Johnson), a human astronaut.

    Chuck, you see, has landed on a planet he thought was uninhabited. His job was to plant a flag, play a few rounds of interplanetary golf, and then get back to his ship and report home. But all those plans are threatened by the military that wants to dissect him, embodied by the sinister General Grawl (Gary Oldman) and the resident mad scientist Professor Kipple (John Cleese).

    On the one hand, Planet 51 wants to entertain the kiddies. It features a computer-rendered world full of lush retro-futuristic landscapes rendered through a 1950s lens. It has rocket ships, aliens both benign and belligerent, and not one but TWO cute dogs-that-aren’t-dog characters.

    On the other hand, Planet 51 wants to be an action homage to the sci-fi of yesteryear. It features characters smooching, gunfire, 50s-style nostalgia, 50s-style paranoia, and references to genitalia.

    The problem is that Chuck’s kind of a jerk. Put in the role of the kindly extraterrestrial, Chuck can’t pull it off – he’s not above intimidating people, playing into their worst fears, lying to get what he wants, and his cries of “not having the right stuff” are hard to believe given that he’s, ya know, an ASTRONAUT. Lem spends most of the movie whining about not getting the girl, Chuck spends most of the movie whining about not getting home, and the only reason the plot moves forward at all is because Rover (one of the two aforementioned “dogs”) saves the day.

    In fact, Rover steals the show. Cleverly designed to look like a cross between the Mars rover and a dog, Rover propels the plot on his tiny wheels alone. If the movie was more about Rover and got rid of Chuck, it would have been a much more entertaining film.

    Instead, Planet 51 teeters between tedious characters arguing, simplistic moralizing (Lem explains to the General that he’s “afraid of the unknown.” Really?), and lame side plots that are just mean-spirited (two citizens have their brains removed…hilarious!).

    If you’re a twelve-year-old boy who happens to remember 1950s science fiction movies, E.T., Populuxe architecture, Aliens, and The Right Stuff, then this movie’s for you. But since the odds of that happening are about as realistic as a planet full of half-dressed English-speaking aliens, adults will likely find Planet 51 too childish and the shout-outs to older sci-fi will go over the kids’ heads.

    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. Me and my gf watched this movie with a good amount of expectations. We expected:

    1. Great animation work. CHECK! But nothing marvelous or extraordinary. Nothing that differentiates this film from many other animations.

    2. A good, complex, well-thought-out plot that would fascinate us, something unimaginable. UNCHECK! This movie is extremely predictable from beginning to end, it has no twist. I was able to predict this film’s plot and storyline pretty much throughout the movie. It has a very simplistic formula based plot that has been used dozens and dozens of time over and over again. Lets see if you guys can see.

    3. Good, witty humor. UNCHECK. The humor is there and it does make you laugh sometimes, but nothing that’ll make you laugh hard unless you’re a person that’s easily amused and laughs when you see everyone around you laugh aka a puppet. Most of the jokes are very plain, obviously meant for kids or very simple minded adults.

    All in all, this movie is boring, predictable, and something I’ve seen before, just a bit retouched here and there.

    Me and my gf really wanted to watch an enjoyable movie since we both watch all types of movies, even animations and Japanese anime, but this movie is just uninspiring and uninteresting. We wanted something new and exciting. Unfortunately, this movie lacks a lot. There’s more to movies than just decent animation and directing, it’s all in the story.

    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. I took my 8year old and friend to see this. It was hard to sit through the entire movie.

    It was:

    1. Boring

    2. Not funny – very few laugh out loud moments

    2. References to subject matter way over a child’s head

    3. A couple of inappropriate references

    I will not be buying this movie…ever.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. Plot: A human lands on a Planet (assumed to be called 51) thinking it is just another moon, only to find out it is inhabited by human fearing aliens who think the humans want to eat them. Hence, mayhem ensues as they attempt to track down said astronaut who has befriended a young local he convinces to aid him.

    Nice little movie, good jokes and fun to be had. Like the other reviewer said nothing ground breaking but a great time for most age groups. Pretty fun turn of the tables with the human being the alien (yeah kind of an ET in reverse, but cool none the less).
    Rating: 4 / 5

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