Mars Needs Moms Reviews
Good movie! The story was pretty good and simple with a nice solid message. What I didn't like about this movie was the voice of Seth green with his character, it totally didn't work for me. I thought this movie was pretty cool and not bad at all. The scene at the almost end of the film where the mom saves his son was really important and touching, almost perfect to really solidify this film. I love Disney movie's, can't help it!
The film follows a boy named Milo. Milo is just beginning summer but his mother gives him chores and tasks like weeding the garden or eating his vegetables. But after Milo tints his sister's face purple, his mother sees no humor in this. She orders him up to his room. After an argument with his mother in which Milo says "I don't see what's so special about mothers!", Milo goes to his room. After falling asleep, Milo does not hear the rumble of the rocket landing outside. After, Martians enter Milo's house and take away his mother. Milo realizes that he has to rescue her. Milo embarks on an adventure to rescue his mother.
The film is based on a children's picture book by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Berkeley "Berke" Breathed, author of the comic strip Bloom County.
With its share of cinematic influences, "Mars Needs Moms" is a very entertaining and heartfelt animated film that is also the first time I have been impressed by motion capture animation as it not only clearly expresses emotions here but also wonderfully creates a brand new world. The message is simple for children to never take their parents for granted, lest somebody from Mars is watching, and even goes as far as to say a child can be too well-behaved.(Parents, never name your kid Milo.) There is also a reminder that the geeks will inherit a planet but which one is still up for debate. I especially liked it when Milo points out that the hairy people are the good guys and the ones in uniform are the bad guys. Now, I'm left wondering what to make of the fascist matriarchy at the heart of all the troubles.
Both Seth Green and the kid actor who does the voice of Milo are great in the film. Dan Fogler steals the film as Gribble.
I definitely recommend this film. Definitely check out the behind the scenes of how they made the film, which is shown when the end credits are rolling. I found it very interesting on how they made the film.
I'm totally fine with the majority of filmmakers working in animation crafting features for younger children; that's how it works. Plenty of these movies actually turn out to be fairly appealing, if not lacking in depth. Thus, they are not made entirely for kids, are they? I walked in to "Mars Needs Moms" with such expectations and was significantly let-down when it turned out to be much worse than I expected. It underachieves, yes, but that's not the worst of it. No logical, intelligent adult will give this a positive review; and I'm certain of that. At best, you could say it's a mediocre flick. It will work for the kiddies no doubt; with its humor set at the level of utter stupidity and its complexity practically mimicking that quality. I feel sorry for the parents that will be forced to endure it.
The film is innocent; completely so. It isn't mean-spirited and that's what makes it a family film. However, what's a good family film? Something that simply entertains the kids and saves the adults the trouble of having to cover eyes and ears? I believe that good entertainment, in terms of FAMILY entertainment, should entertain everyone in front of the screen. Of course, most films aren't made for everyone; but you can take one good look at the critical reception for this film and see that I'm not wrong, not lying, and most certainly not alone.
Milo (played by Seth Green through motion-capture and voiced by the much younger Seth Dusky) is fed up with his mother (Joan Cusack), and she is fed up with him. Milo is feeding his broccoli to the house pets. He's not going to bed when he's told. He complains when mother asks him to perform the simple task of taking out the garbage. Perhaps this is a result of the father not being at Milo's side all his life. We know that the kid's father is on a trip somewhere; due to return home soon. This leaves Milo alone in the world, with only a cat and a mother.
However, Milo might be in luck; as it turns out, the Martians (of Mars, of course) are plotting to kidnap every mother that they feel would be an ideal care-taker of their own little bastard alien children. The Martians target mother, and they succeed in capturing her. Milos hitches a ride on the alien spacecraft; and gets to see space for the first time in his life. While exploring the ship, he meets the overweight but easy-going Gribble (Dan Fogler, as silly as ever). He also meets Ki, an alien that has discovered both English and the culture of hippies.
Milo and his new pals have one thing on their agenda; get his mom back. Of course, things get in the way; thus stalling such a mission from reaching its end too soon. When it does end, things get melodramatic and sappy. However, the problem is that the melodrama doesn't begin or end with the film's climatic scenes; there's stuff in the middle that tries ever-so-hard to pull on the heart strings. No luck though, given that the film is heavily lacking in narrative relevance, humor, or dramatic quality. Such a shame; this thing could have been deeper than most kid-friendly animations, but as you can see, things just didn't work out.
I have no problem with this film existing. It's not insulting to anything other than the audience's intelligence. The animation is fairly decent, consisting mostly of motion-capture and the like. I find this approach questionable, as better things have been done without resorting to these techniques. In the end, it's nothing short of unnecessary.
Perhaps "Mars Needs Moms" will be charming to some of those in the audience. Some will think it is funny, but I didn't. It's stupid, mindless, and nothing short of an excessive potboiler. It came and it went; just as bad movies should. Luckily there are animated films such as "Rango" to act as antidotes, because if there were not, I would have lost faith in 3D animation. I prefer hand-drawn, 2-dimensional animation to the popular movement of the genre, since is shows lots of unqiue craft. This is just another artificle creation; dimwitted and worse than it has the right to be. If you respect animation, then here's a movie you'll want to skip. But if you have children, and if they want to see this, then perhaps this review can't help you. Just go through with it and revive your intelligence through one of Pixar's finer productions, or something like that.
The film is centered around a nine-year-old boy who after being grounded, realizes he was wrong to be rude to his mother, and has to rescue her after she is abducted by Martians. Of course, there is help on Mars for a real adventure!
Biggest remark... film has no soul! Too flat for my taste!
1) The story is great for a picture book, but I wouldn't say much about the story in this movie because it was too short for a 88 minute film. The dialog was so lame I couldn't even care about it. The story was predictable at times, but at least it had a moral lesson about always appreciate your mom and if you do, aliens from mars will try and take and steal her brain to make the robots raise their own young. Wait, what?
2) The animation is very decent. The visuals are amazing it has a surprisingly good mix between Cloud City from Star Wars and the digital world from Tron Legacy. The character models were OK, but there was just one problem: They look like humans, but they're not even a real creature! I now understand that he uses the motion capture technique to make people look like people. It would've been a lot cheaper if he used real humans in the CGI environment. Wait. The company got closed down. Well, never mind.
3) The characters are as likable as a mosquito bite. The only characters that were so likable were Gribble, the robot creature that looks like WALLE, and Ki, but that's not saying much. Milo was by far the worst character in a movie this far. He's one dimensional, so forgettable and the kid actor that replaced Seth Green was unforgivable. Not only that, he said something that was so unforgiving during the beginning that you'll hate him for the rest of the movie. Milo's mom only appears in the beginning and the end of the movie and we don't have time to care for her. So, let's move on. The supervisor (who looks like a mix between the Grand Concilwoman from Lilo and Stitch and Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars) didn't leave an impact on this movie and the hairy looking tribe are so grating and uninteresting. One of the hairy looking tribe people was so unfunny that I couldn't even care less about him. That's it for the characters.
There are a few good things that save this movie.
1) The direction from Simon Wells was amazing 2) The sci-fi action was pretty cool, but there some moments that may frighten younger kids. 3) The music score from John Powell was awesome with some catchy sci-fi sounds and a catchy Martian Mambo song which was so epic. 4) There were some emotional scenes where Gribble explains how he came to mars in the first place and where Milo's mother sacrifices her life to save him by giving him her space helmet and I would have cried. It may not be heartwarming, but at least it's touching. 5) The voice acting was amazing. Seth Green (now voiced by Seth Dusky) and the rest including Joan Cusack were amazing in their performances.
Mars Needs Moms is a mediocre with a simple story being broken, not great, yet very decent CGI, and unlikeable characters (except Gribble, the robot creature and Ki), but with solid voice acting, very spectacular sci-fi action, and an amazing music score, it's not a horrible movie. I would recommend this to kids, but as for adults, this is worth avoiding. Now, if you'll excuse, I'm gonna look for an upcoming sequel, "Mars Needs Financial Help".
Voice Acting: 8/10
Music Score: 10/10