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Thursday, 28 October 2010
Upon graduating from college young bee Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) is set to work at Honex Honey Factory, a worker job he has to do for the rest of his life. However, he longs for more and ventures out of the hive. In the human world of New York he befriends a florist called Vanessa (Renee Zellweger) and loves his new life; but when he learns how the humans uses bees, their pollen and their honey he is horrified and decides to sue the human race.
The animation is to a very bright, detailed and all-round very good and eye-catching standard thanks to the stunning images, there's no denying that. Antz (1998) and A Bug's Life (1998) showed us how nature (grass, trees, et cetera) appeared so large from a bug's perspective, and that was very interesting to watch on screen. What Bee Movie (or Bee) does is show the urban human world of New York from the perspective of a flying bug, and it really is interesting to see just how much of the things we humans have in our everyday lives and in our very cities terrifies and intimidates such a tiny creature as a bee.
However, the film's major drawback is its screenplay. The jokes are below par throughout most of the film, while the characters are too one-sided - Barry is always serious and trying to appear refined and well-spoken; Vanessa is sweeter and sappier than the flowers she sells; and Vanessa's boyfriend Ken (Patrick Warburton) is macho and self-obsessed with both his image and how Barry impacts Vanessa's life, and how the impact would reflect on him. As for the plot - the whole idea of bees suing the human race over pollen and honey is underdeveloped and one-sided, giving it a seriously artificial feel. Bee may be visually wonderful and interesting to watch but it is these drawbacks that stop it from being on a par with Antz or A Bug's Life. It will entertain the kids though.
Stars: Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, Kathy Bates, Barry Levinson, Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Rip Torn, Megan Mullally, Chris Rock, Ray Liotta, Sting, Larry King, Larry Miller, Jim Cummings.
Golden Globe nomination: Best Animated Film.