The Flintstones Reviews
Fred Flintstone: What a load of bunk! My father ate it every day of his life and he lived to the ripe old age of thirty-eight.
Probably one of the worst and most brutal family movies I've ever sat through. I watched the whole thing, but I hated myself for every wasted second. This movie is made for the Rosie O'Donnells of Hollywood; not for Rick Moranis, John Goodman and Elizabeth Perkins. This movie is so far beneath the three of them. It's a disaster from start to finish and there is no possible way the makers of this movie could have thought this was going to turn out good.
If you like your jokes to be about rocks, stones and slate then this is your movie. But know what you're getting yourself in for because every joke is about rock, stones and slate. That's it, nothing else, besides the most annoying quote in the world from Fred Flintstone. I really don't think many kids would find this all that entertaining either. If I had watched this when I was a kid, I know I wouldn't have liked it.
The cast was great. John Goodman and Ric Moranis really nailed the parts as Barney and Fred. They looked and sounded as the parts, the rest of the cast was not so bad either.
In honesty if I was not a Flintstone fan I cannot be so sure that I would of liked this as much as I did - but if your a flintstone fan and watched the cartoon as a child then you'll probably love the memories and humor this movie brings back.
The casting of John Goodman as Fred was okay physically, but he kept smiling directly at the camera. Rick Moranis worked well as a cute little Barney Rubble. Elizabeth Perkins was a decent Wilma Flinstone. Rosie O'Donnell was way too chubby as Betty Rubble. I can barely remember Pebbles and Bam-Bam even being in this movie! There were nice cameos by Elizabeth Taylor, Kyle MacLachlan and Halle Berry. It was strange that they cast some neanderthal types as extras.
The story was bland and under-developed about Fred and Barney taking a test at their job, and Fred getting the promotion, but then other execs trying to frame Fred for stealing money.
The Bedrock sets had a very small-scale back-lot feel to them, like a plastic Universal Theme Park attraction. CGI wasn't available back then, or they could've done some impressive things. I was hoping they'd use the looping-background gag when they were driving along.
I like how they re-created the opening and closing sequences of the cartoon. It's a cheesy movie, and could've been a cult curiousity in the future, but I think people are trying to forget it ever existed.