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Everyone is buzzing for BEE MOVIE, the hit comedy from creator and comic icon Jerry Seinfeld. Ambitious young worker bee Barry B. Benson soars out into the world with the high-flying pollen jocks in search of nectar and adventure. But when he breaks one of the cardinal rules of beedom and speaks to humans, Barry sets off an un-bee-lievable chain of events that proves that even a little bee can make a big difference!
My daughter kept asking to see this movie so when it was available on DVD we got a copy and watched it, not sure what I was expecting but I rather enjoyed the movie although there were some parts that had me thinking that they were stretching it a bit and were on a fishing expedition. I enjoyed the music and some good laughs. All three of my kids think the best part of the movie is when the bee lands in the toilet.
I like a movie with a good story and if it teaches us something then even better. There were lessons to be learnt, to always believe in yourself and don't just mindlessly follow what others expect you to do with your life and mostly that even little people/insects make a big difference.
We have a copy of it at home and do occasionally watch it, I still shake my head at some parts and think that that was kind of obvious but the kids see different things in the movie and accept a lot more far fetched ideas than adults do.
Would recommend to others.
When this movie came to the big screen, I decided to give it a wide berth. I'm not a fan of Jerry Seinfield's comedy and the trailers focussed on this weird romance that I could not suspend my disbelief on. My daughter was only little at the time, so I had all the say in movies back then. Recently though, we did sit down to watch this. It was during one of her "insects are really neat" phases.
I tried to be open-minded about the movie. But to me it was a bit too much like other insect movies we had seen. One little insect thinks to themselves "there must be more to life than this" and off they go on an adventure. Its a nice thought, but its such a human thought. Its like we don't get that they may actually all be very happy doing their thing in the ground, or in their hive. I'm also viewing this through very adult eyes. After all, its a movie for kids so if its a bit corny and feel good and mushy then that's all right for a kid's movie isn't it?
Only, the kid watching it also lost interest in it. And sadly, the point where she lost interest was when the movie was trying to teach us something. She hadn't lost interest in bees - she was being a bee in another room. But the story on the tv had lost all its interest to her. I continued to watch it just to finish the story off in my head. I thought the message was really good. Environmental stuff is becoming a big thing in movies, documentaries, etc. So to have another aspect covered here was nice. Maybe an older child would have been more engaged for longer though.
Given her lack of interest, we have not watched this movie again. I wouldn't rule out a second viewing in future, but I'm not rushing to get her to see it again either. It was an okay way to spend some time on a wet day.
I purchased this movie because I thought it would be a good one, given that Jerry Seinfeld was one of the voices.
My daughters have only watched it 2 or 3 times. I'm not 100% certain what is lacking for them, interest wise. Perhaps it is a little to over their heads in content.
My smallest daughter, now 5, thinks its really sweet that the main chappie gets his own little flight jacket in the end.
My middle daughter, now 9, thinks that its awfully mean to think that the bees would stop "doing their jobs".
I liked some of the humour, but I haven't been bothered to sit and watch it again.
I was a little disappointed all things considered.
Our boys (aged 4 to 6 at the time) semi-enjoyed this movie, but not as much as other similar movies. They loved it at first, but when the storyline started to feature around the humans they lost interest. They actually asked if we could switch it off, but we kept it on (because we adults were enjoying it!).
Another one of those movies where there's the kids storyline and a level of adult humour pitched in. The adults found it entertaining (maybe helped by recognising Jerry Seinfeld's voice) but not a winner for the kids sadly.
The fact that it had Jerry Seinfeld in it very nearly had me deciding to leave this movie well alone, as I have never been a fan of this particular comedian. But by a third of the way through the movie, I was already very glad that I'd given in to my son's request to add it to our collection, and actually given it a go myself.
This is a movie that makes several good point, one of them bee-ing (ok, lame I know, but couldn't help it!) that just because you're small, doesn't mean you can't do the unthinkable! Whoever would have thought of a bee going up against humans in a court of law?? Obviously Jerry Seinfeld, (along with Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, and Andy Robin) since he co-wrote the movie (and co-produced it). It also showed how the loss of such a tiny creature could cause such a HUGE impact on the rest of the world. It kinda makes ya stop and think, and maybe appreciate the little guy just that little bit more.
The voice talents of Chris Rock, John Goodman, and Renee Zellweger were all quite easy to spot as a small part of the bug world was explored in funny detail, causing many a laugh by both the adults and the kids watching. This is a bright, colourful movie that would make a great addition to any family's collection as it can open the door to some rather interesting conversations with the kids about the simple little bee and it's part in the circle of life, as well as just being a thoroughly enjoyable movie.
Just remember - BEE nice to the bees and appreciate the honey you spread on your toast, or stir into that next cup of tea.
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