Mars Needs Moms - Review

JAUNTY ADVENTURE Gribble (Dan Fogler) and Milo (Seth Green) in Mars Needs Moms | Mars Needs Moms

Does invoking the mighty name of Avatar to describe the pleasures of Mars Needs Momssound presumptuous? Hear me out: Avatar is a great, myth-minded adventure about a human guy able to project himself into the beatifically peaceful world of the Na'vi from Pandora. Despite an earthbound script, the movie, with its computer-generated imagery and 3-D effects, is visually magnificent, proudly so. Also long.

In a parallel universe, Mars Needs Moms is a great, jaunty adventure about an unruly kid named Milo (Seth Green, the right guy for the job) who had no plans to go to Mars but finds himself there anyway. He's been inadvertently scooped up by the same alien kidnappers who made off with his mother (Joan Cusack, custom-fit) to plunder her maternal DNA for child-rearing tips. (Martian surveillance has verified that Milo's mom is good at nagging her boy to take out the trash.) Enhanced by nimble ad-libbing from the comedy-trained cast, the screenplay is delightful, by turns funny and emotional, as befits a Disney family fable in which, through wacky adversity, Mom and kid reaffirm their love for each other while Dad is nowhere in sight. (He's not dead, just away on business.) And with its splendid use of computer-generated motion-capture animation and 3-D effects, the movie is also visually magnificent — modestly  Read More...,,20472149,00.html


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