PUns and sight gags not enough for 'Mr. Peadbody and Sherman' to make history
There is a reason why shorts are short. They typically have one sight gag that may be a running gag, a couple of good jokes, and like any good comedian they get off the stage leaving the audience wanting more. Mr. Peabody and Sherman takes the premise of Peabody’s Improbable History and turns it into a full length feature of mediocrity.
This film did evoke a series of emotions – trepidation based on the terribleness of the Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, genuinely wanting to like the rest of the movie as the first 7 minutes provide a mad rush of punnerific dialogue and sight gags abound, and then disappointment as the movie attempts to develop characters and create a semi-plausible story that follows a plot of some sort.
The impetus for the plotline and a series of contrived situations that allow the crew of the egg-shaped WABAC machine to go to different historical eras is the spoiled brat who gets Sherman into trouble on his first day of school. Sherman bites her, and child services threatens to take Sherman away from his father (who is also a beagle) Mr. Peabody (it’s an adoptive relationship).
The first 7 minutes is good. There are some other times that are pretty good, but watching this movie in chunks during a boring Saturday because it is on free TV is probably your best way to enjoy Mr. Peabody and Sherman. If you want to see it in the theaters, 3D isn’t going to be worth it. John Lennon’s song in the montage and the song that end the film were also well chosen and beautiful.
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