Curious George Reviews
Good movie though.
The Man in the Yellow Hat (in the film, named Ted) searches for a 40 ft. tall relic to keep the museum he works at in business. He befriends a mischievious monkey along the way, albeit disappointed by the relic he does find. Ted must deal with the adventurous, trouble making monkey named George while he tries to find a way to explain the issues about the now much hyped about relic.
Curious George, like I said, has a distinct and unexpected tone to it. It's been a long time since I read the books and it's foggy to me if the film matched up well to the book, but I originally expected a weak plot full of slapstick gags and an hour and a half wasted. It does have its fair share of mischievious George moments with gags, but it has a nicely done plot for a kids film, although overused. It doesn't focus as much on Curious George than it does on The Man in the Yellow Hat, and the film tends to delve a bit too deep into that character's career issues than potential to please younger audiences with the troublemaking monkey. I'm glad they didn't overuse the gags, because Curious George is unexpectedly great. It has a modern feel to it and made me very happy and pleased by its end. The success of the film led to a popular TV series which I've never watched, but I can see why it got so popular. Curious George works and isn't in it solely for the excuse of finally making another kids book adaptation, it's impressive and filled with bubbly joy. Excellent film.
Ted works in a museum that is about to close and go out of business. The owner of the museum listens to a crazy idea from Ted to find a missing amulet of sorts that has mystical powers. It is rumored to reside deep in the African jungle so the owner sends Ted to retrieve it. Ted encounters a curious monkey on this trip that will change his life forever.
"Your monkey shows real talent."
Matthew O'Callaghan, director of Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas and Open Season 2, delivers Curious George. The storyline for this picture is interesting and fun to watch unfold. My daughter loved how George was portrayed and the animation style was first rate. The voices were well selected and include Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, and Eugene Levy.
"I unroll in advance. Helps if you're in a hurry."
They recently added all three Curious George movies to the Netflix online kid's choices. My daughter enjoyed this from beginning to end. There were some well done sequences that were funny and entertaining, but this is far from a classic or must have for your DVD collection. This is worth a viewing with your children and we will watch all three in the series.
"Knee, forehead combo."