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The Buzz:

     Gary Supernova is a genius engineer who works with his far more adventurous and popular younger brother Skorch.  Both of these guys are from the planet Bob and are part of a team that explore the cosmos and save the day. Well, Skorch does all that; Gary is just a nerd.  When Skorch decides to visit Earth against his brother’s wishes, it is up to Gary to save the day and bust Skorch out of prison in order to ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH!!!

 

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" Ooh I love it when they use the name of the movie !!!"

Life of the party:

     This is a kids' movie.  Do not forget that, because it is important. I am starting off the review with that because if you go into this movie thinking that it is adult in any meaningful way, you would be mistaken and that would detract from the rest of the movie. 


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"Just like this was a kids movie… wait… I am wrong aren’t I?"

      First off, let’s start with the voice acting. I was actually a big fan of the voice work done in this movie. There was a lot of great talent, and even some surprising names on the bill that made the movie that much more impressive.  Gary and Skorch are voiced by Rob Corddry and Brendan Fraser (who was also in Monkey Bone) , respectively, while the movies antagonist is good 'ol William Tiberius Shatner.  Throw in Craig Robinson, Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba, and George Lopez and you’ve got a solid cast that do a great job of giving purpose and emotion to their characters.

     I’m not going to lie to you,;the base story is pretty cliché: Sibling rivalry where the nerdy “weak” brother actually comes to save the day. We’ve seen it before, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t still be done well.   Gary eventually saves his brother, Skorch, but has to learn a lot about himself along the way.  Nor does he do it alone, he has his friends and family to help as well.  The story doesn’t win many points on originality, but it was solidly done and has enough twists in the normal formula to make you happy. After all, it had to be simple enough for kids to be able to grasp but still make a functional story.

     The last thing I’ll touch on is the humor. As I said before, this is a kids' movie and thus does not have cussing or any lewd behavior in it. That aside, I was pretty impressed with some of the gags and puns the creators threw into the dialogue. Some were clearly designed with the adult viewer in mind, and I appreciate that in a kids' movie.

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"I’m sure James Cameron and HIS blue people appreciate it too…"

Potential Hangovers:

     My biggest complaint with Escape is the animation (a huge complaint I also had with Ultramarines: a Warhammer 40,000 Movie). It’s not bad, per se, but it falls into the same category as Rise of the Guardians where the animation is maybe just a bit TOO simplified and childish. Despicable Me does a good job of being an all ages animated movie but still keeps the animation quality high; that is the bar I compare to.

    Last negative point here:  As a 26 year old male, I expect a certain level of story telling in my movies. Now, I realize that is an unfair request to a kids movie, but it’s worth mentioning since most of my readers are adults.

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"Very dumb adults in some cases"


Nonetheless, if you are looking for a deep thinking movie, this ain’t it.

 

The vibe- Date night, Casual Gathering:

      I watched this on a date night, and it played its part perfectly. It was easy to follow, had things we both could enjoy, and was pretty cute. All in all, I have to give it the thumbs up as a date night movie.  I would also back it as a casual movie night candidate. There are plenty of jokes to be made during the viewing, and you can easily miss a few minutes at a time without losing your way in the plot.

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Drinking game:

Drink every time someone refers to Gary as a nerd (or just plain make fun of him)

Drink every time Skorch uses a catch phrase

During the food fight scene, everyone put their cups on the table and randomly grab another and take a drink.   Alcohol kills the germs, so it'll be ok. [Tanked Matinee would like to note that Ben "Goddamned" Marsh is not a licensed medical professional. - Editor]

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Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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