Movie Stats & Links
|Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz, Tracy Morgan, Steve Buscemi
|Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
|It's good for the whole family.
|Some subtle innuendo.
|In a cartoon/guinea pig kind of way.
|Mostly for the kids, but some for adults.
|The integration of the guinea pig animation and the real-world acting is phenomenal.
| Hoyt H. Yeatman Jr.
Cool Things About the DVD
|It's got the normal English/Spanish/French options.
|Buy a New TV!
|It really look great via the Blu-ray.
|Buy a New
|The deleted scenes and bloopers are kind of average. Get the Blu-ray combo pack for the Cine-Explore commentary track and the extra DVD with digital copy.
I guess not having kids can be a drawback for me when trying to review movies geared for the kids, or at least it must sometimes be the case because as I was watching “G-Force” for this Blu-ray review, I spent most of the movie okay with it, but then wondered if the kiddies would actually get what seemed like a complicated story, albeit with guinea pigs. Then I remembered Stu Gotz saw the movie with the little Gotz’s and mentioned it during a podcast. During the podcast he commented that he found it good for an adult, but more importantly, it was entertaining for the kids. What do I know?
A Blu-ray/DVD Review
(in stores 12/15/2009)
Well, what I do know is here are the basics for the story…
Pretty much we have a crack team of government agents that are guinea pigs, hence “G-Force.” Darwin (Sam Rockwell) is their leader, with Juarez (Penelope Cruz), and Blaster (Tracy Morgan) rounding out the G-rodents, with Speckles, a mole (Nicolas Cage) rounding out the group. Okay, there is a fly, Mooch, but who’s counting? So our heroes are going to be dismantled by a government agent, but the problem is that the G-Force knows there is trouble afoot, namely that someone is trying to take over the world with their home appliances. You see, in a matter of hours the dastardly plot will unfold as millions of home appliances will transform into robots, hell-bent on destroying the humans, and no one in the government believes the guinea pigs. If that weren’t enough, as the group is trying not to get captured by the government folks and save the world, they are also finding out a lot about themselves, like if lazy, bum guinea pig, Hurley (Jon Favreau), who they met while trapped in a pet store, might be related to Darwin, and there might be love in guinea pig land.
I would guess that, for the most part, little kids find guinea pigs cute, so seeing the little dudes run around as secret agents, with secret agents weapons, and having fun like kids want their secret agents to have, well, that sets up an easy movie for kids to enjoy, but as I was watching the movie I was wondering if kids could follow the various story lines that were developing (yes, the movie had multiple story lines), and the technology that seemed to be needed for the “dastardly plot” to take place. I mean we had computer viruses, espionage, a mole, transforming blenders and washing machines, and government conspiracies. Thinking about it, I suppose all the kids really want are guinea pigs having fun, and in “G-Force,” the guinea pigs have a lot of fun.
I basically enjoyed the movie, and I don’t have kids, and Stu Gotz said his kids liked the movie when they saw it in the theater, so for movie purposes, I would say “G-Force” is a solid 3 ½ stars. Sure, the story is complicated and convoluted for the most part, but it’s not that stupid for the adults because, hey, it’s got smart guinea pigs so you’ve already got to get past that to get into the movie.
As far as the DVD, a lot of the normal stuff is pretty weak, namely the deleted scenes and bloopers, but I suppose the “Blaster’s Boot Camp” feature of the gadgets that guinea pigs use will be cute for the kids if they like the movie. Stepping into Blu-ray land, as an animator wannabe, I did like the look into the animation necessary to get even the shortest of sequences completed, but the better reason for Blu-ray, other than just a better looking picture, is the Cine-Explore feature, kind of a “documentary” track but better because it adds video to the explanations. With that, and for your purchasing dollar, go ahead and get the Blu-ray combo pack to get the Blu-ray version, the standard DVD since that’s probably what is in your car, and it’s got a digital copy for the portable players, too.
A decent film for the kids that isn’t bad for the parents, but as a single dude, well, I could take it or leave it.
That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!