Mars Needs Moms (2011)

I want to critically savage this movie, but other critics (that get paid much more than me) have already done that enough.  It’s not that it is a bad movie, but much like George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis needs to be stopped.  Motion capture technology is neat, yes, but for the most part only when Andy Serkis is doing it and he’s not doing human things.  However, once motion capture starts getting animated to lifelike animation people start crying because of the uncanny valley thing.  Seriously, just film the damn movie live action.  Only time I was really impressed with it was when it was called rotoscoping (I think) and used in the otherwise tediously boring Waking Life.

The voice acting is fairly decent, and I only wish I could say the same for the writing.  Passable at best.  This is not a classic Disney movie by any stretch of the imagination.  Nothing timeless at all about it.  In fact, watching Mars Needs Moms seems to evoke the feeling of “why aren’t I watching WALL-E now instead?”  Having said that and having just shat on the motion capture, I will say that the rest of the movie is fairly good-looking, but nothing jaw-dropping that we haven’t seen already in the past 10 years or so.

It’s an average movie at best, brought down by the creepy and off-putting motion capture animation technique.  Instantly forgettable if it weren’t for the potentially traumatizing nightmares you might suffer if the mo-cap sticks in your subconscious.

2 / 5


About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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