Posted on 8/31/09 09:16 AM
So I gotta say, I was a little worried when I saw the first few Futurama movies. However, After seeing the third and fourth (and the first again), all in a two week span, I can't be more psyched about the way into the wild green yonder ended.
(side note, gotta stop saying i couldn't be more psyched or excited... maybe in the spirit of the current 80's cultural Renaissance, I could go with I couldn't be more pumped?)
The first Movie, Bender's big score, was funny, but it just sort of felt like an overlong unedited episode. It felt like the scriptwriters were learning how to take the jump to a longer format and the actors were rusty. I did love, however, the way it was full of little Futurama fanatic nuggets, like reintroducing all the old characters, and it was very funny despite it's flaws (more so the second time through), C+.
The second movie was terrible. It turned me off to even watching three and four for about about six months. I am fiercely loyal to the series, but this one wasn't a good or even very funny movie. I must admit, at this point I was nervous about the renewal of the series. IMO, bringing it back only to kill it is worse than leaving it dead. D+.
The third movie restored my faith in the writers. It was funny and completely self-aware in a way that only Futurama can be. It's a dorky quirky example of Science Fiction as political satire, and it is shows like this that display the flexibility and range that Science Fiction can have. This one gets a solid B.
The last movie was also very funny, and just psychedelic enough that it reminded me how tripily wonderful this series is. It also did a perfect job of moralizing effectively. This movie was funny, to the point, and intelligent. I love these characters, and I love the dialogue. Seeing Bender dressed up as a hooker and getting pelted with machine gun fire and getting Leela arrested only so he could bust her out and rack up 15 felonies, Classic. Snoop Dogg as the head supreme court justice? Priceless. A solid B+.
Overall I give the series a B, and I would even recommend watching all four. Comedy Central remains the monopoly on great comedy (with the possible exception of the office).
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