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||Jonah Bobo, Josh Hutcherson,
Tim Robbins, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart
||Not too young, but
it's pretty much a good movie for all.
||It's cute for
everyone, but it's more a boy/dad film.
||No one is seen
||Lots of simple
lines will make you grin and chuckle.
||It was pretty
funny they way they used the frozen Lisa.
||Way to many.
||Michael De Luca,
Scott Kroopf, William Teitler
When siblings just canít seem to get along, sometimes it
takes a board game to finally get the family playing nice
together. For our case, the game, and movie, is "Zathura." Sure, this
board game takes you and yours on a space adventure, but
what better way to help everyone to get along than putting
everyone in peril. Letís get to the storyÖ
A Movie Review
Danny (Johan Bobo) and Walter (Josh Hutcherson) are
brothers, ages 6 and 10 respectively. Walter is at that age
when he thinks he is too old for his younger brother,
especially since Danny canít catch a baseball. Danny is at
that age when he doesnít understand why his brother doesnít
want to play games with him anymore. As such, most of their
time together is spent battling and arguing like brothers
do. They also have an older sister, Lisa (Kristen Stewart),
who is supposed to be their babysitter, but really just
likes to sleep a lot and hook up with her friends at night.
On a quick side note, during a scene in the movie, dad
questions to make sure Lisaís idea of "hooking up" isnít
every dadís nightmare of his daughter "hooking up," to which
Lisa responds that no, not that way, and that she now
regrets ever suggesting to rent the movie "Thirteen." Most
of you wonít get the joke, Iím guessing, because most no one
in the theater got the joke. Anyway, back to the movie. Mom
and Dad (Tim Robbins) are divorced, and itís dadís weekend
to spend with the kids, only heís got a quick business
meeting to go to. So he tells Lisa to watch the boys, she
decides to continue napping, and Walter starts chasing Danny
after Danny bops him in the bean with a baseball. Trapped in
a dumb-waiter, Walter lowers Danny into the fear of many a
six year old boy, that being the scary basement, where Danny
finds the game, Zathura.
Back in the living room, Danny wants to play the game
with Walter, Walter wants to watch "Sportscenter." Pretty
much the game is played by turning a key three time, a
button pops up which you in turn push back in, a counter
tells you how many spaces your spaceship will move, and once
your spaceship stops, a card pops out giving you
instructions/clues/what will happen next type of
information. So Danny starts the game, his card pops out,
and unable to read the card that the game spit out, he asks
Walter for some help, Walter reads it Ė "Meteor shower. Take
evasive action." And before Danny can begin to understand
what evasive really means, the living room is pelted by a
meteor shower and the boys have to take cover in the
fireplace. Suddenly their house is in space, near a
Saturn-looking planet, the TV crushed by a meteor, and the
game is on. Soon it becomes clear to the boys that their
only chance to get home is to finish the game, no what may
be in store, be it a mysterious astronaut (Dax Shepard),
their sister being frozen, or scary space lizards that like
to eat meat, which Danny doesnít think is such a bad thing,
until the astronaut tells Danny that humans are meat.
Even as peril is happening around them, the brothers
argue like brothers, especially at the beginning of the
game, with only the astronaut beginning to explain to them
that the only way they can win the game is if they work
together. Lisa comes back from being frozen finding the
astronaut kind of dreamy (a funny twist is revealed later),
and yes, it really isnít a secret or surprise that they end
up finishing the game, the brothers are closer, and Lisa
says they are never to speak of what happened again, now
that they are back, safe and sound, in their house like
nothing ever happened.
I just liked this movie and found it pretty enjoyable.
Itís always funny seeing siblings fighting like siblings
will, and remember that you were like that, too, back in the
day. Also the effects were very good but not overpowering,
and John Favreau is showing that he has a real knack for
putting together a good kidís movie (he also directed
"Elf"). The transition of the brothers fighting to finding
respect for each other transpires nicely, and found lots of
the dialogue funny, not gut-busting funny, but there were
lots of chuckles in the movie for me.
Iíve got to recommend "Zathura" as a much better movie
for the slightly older kids than
"Chicken Little," and give
it 4 stars out of 5. It is PG, with some scary moments that
some of the 3 to 5 years olds didnít seem to take too well,
and Danny does blurt out to his brother, early in the movie,
calling him a "dick," but thatís about the worst of things
the really youngins might have a problem with, or parents
taking the youngins might hear.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!