This is why I am doing this project. I own the movie Robots. I don’t remember where or why I bought this dvd but I did. It has been watched once since owning, and I didn’t choose to watch it. We have some very good friends come to visit and their children picked it one night to watch it. But there is no reason in the world for me to own Robots.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the movie. I think it’s creative. I laughed out loud at parts. I love the Robot doing the Robot (while bumpin’ Nelly!), I like the part where they are doing operation (like the game) on the robot and I think the small homage and cameo by James Earl Jones was great. Ewan McGregor does his best to be sincere as Rodney trying to make it in the big world as an inventor. Amanda Bynes is one of my favorites even if her part is small. It’s a good movie. Not great and not worth owning.
What bugged about the movie? Two things: First was Robin Williams. He was just so over the top in this. It seemed to me that not only did he go off script but spent the entire movie just trying to come up with one liners. Instead of just allowing a character to develop and naturally be funny he was almost too formulaic in his approach. It fell flat. For every 10 jokes he did, maybe one was funny. But the Britney Spears dance was funny. Second, it really annoys me when children’s movies try to throw in jokes that are over a child’s head just to try and make the adults happy. Shrek did this all the time. I think a kid’s movie can be amazing and hilarious without throwing in risqué jokes. See Toy Story for example.
Final Verdict: Good movie. Not worth owning.
Paul Giammatti plays Timmy the Gate Guard, and he absolutely kills in the few scenes he is in. So funny.
Amanda Bynes is awesome and needs to do more movies.