My rating: 8/10
The trailer definitely did not do this movie justice, after I watched the trailer I thought it’s going to be a really childish movie that’s only aimed at children and hard for anyone above the age of 13 to like it.
Of course, after giving it a chance, my prejudice was proven wrong.
For someone who is not of the targeted demographic, they manage to draw me in by using this strong sense of nostalgia.
The nostalgia for the 1960s cartoons that’s still being shown over and over again on TV, for many generations.
Naturally the visuals are of modern-day 3D animation, but the humour is definitely what we remember of the olden day cartoons.
I must also say I really like the pacing of this movie, it caters very well to the short attention span of most children, and thus everything is moving very fast, changes happen all the time, from one thing to another, and it’s simplistic enough for the kids to understand and catch on, I can hear the children laughing at one joke to the next.
My favorite part of this movie, is the father and son relationship between Mr Peabody and Sherman.
There’s a lot of moments which are so realistic that you can definitely find a piece of memory which you’ve witnessed that kind of fits exactly into the situation at that point.
Such as when Sherman is trying to reason himself, and said something hurtful to Mr Peabody, then Mr Peabody says something that shows how disappointed he is at Sherman, and Sherman sort of just lowers his head in silence.
It touches on both sides of this issue, between the struggles of parenthood and the struggle of accidentally upsetting your parent.
Those are the moments that made me take this movie more seriously than I did initially.
The history aspect of this movie is the part which I assume, would only find connection with older audiences, there’s a lot of puns that even I didn’t get.(Though I must say I’m not that knowledgeable myself)
Which is why it’s fitting for Sherman to constantly say ‘I don’t get it’ at Mr Peabody’s historical puns, because I bet a lot of the younger audiences wouldn’t get it either.
There’s one thing that I really really hated about this movie, which is Penny.
Let’s all agree to this, she’s a bully, she bullied Sherman, and terrorizes the other students.
I don’t like how this movie handled the issue on bullying, they had the perfect opportunity to educate children to not bully, or how to actually face bullies.
The reason why it bothers me so much is because children relate very well to such things, bullying and getting bullied, and by not addressing it properly, it kind of sends a different message to kids.
I’m not very sure whether it was cut from the movie, or it just didn’t make it into the final draft of the script, but there was almost no condemning towards Penny’s actions.
All of a sudden, she became a nice girl, she no longer bullies Sherman or anyone, she became compassionate and developed a friendship with Sherman.
It just feels like a very important scene was cut from the movie, something like Penny and Sherman apologizes to each other and agrees to being friends.
But when you don’t touch on it, I’m afraid some kids would think that what Penny did was actually right and acceptable, and would end up copying it, because they would assume the victim would be like Sherman, doesn’t get that affected and ended up becoming their friend.
Of course I’m not a child expert, but I do have experience on being bullied, and so as someone who relates to Sherman very well on that aspect, I don’t feel very satisfied with how this issue was handled.
I understand that it’s properly just a plot point for Penny and Sherman to collide into each others’ life, and for the rest of the movie to happen, a convenient story that is also interesting enough.
The ending of this movie felt very rushed, and everything just worked out of convenience, all the problems Mr Peabody had just poof and disappeared.
But I can forgive it because after all this is a comedy, it’s still a movie aimed at kids at the end of the day, so when goofy things happen and solve all the problems, it really doesn’t affect how much I enjoyed this movie.
In conclusion, everything about this movie is very simplistic, from the character design, to events that happen, it won’t exactly be remembered as an animation masterpiece, but definitely entertaining enough to be a movie worth watching just for the fun of it, for the entire family.
There are some re-watching values for those who want to understand all the historical puns that Mr Peabody made, or for kids to grow up and find new surprises that they would only understand with more knowledge about this world.