Science fiction and fantasy
Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs
directed by Peter Avanzino
Futurama: The Beast With A Billion Backs is just as zany and funny as any good episode of Futurama. But when a giant monster with pink tentacles comes through the rift and starts taking over the universe, it's pretty obvious that anything goes. Although nothing quite turns out as you expect it to the story is too silly to induce any fear. There's never any point when the film has you on the edge of your seat.
The jokes come thick and fast, and Bender's always appealing as a loveable bad robot without a trace of a conscience. However this 2D cartoon is always going to look less visually impressive compared with other science fiction movies. So no matter how funny it is, it never really grabs your attention on a visceral level.
The trouble is, Futurama doesn't work at movie length. Just when it should be getting more exciting, it starts to go off the boil as the novelty of the parody wears off. Characters who are very funny in short episodes just don't have the sustained appeal, perhaps because their personalities are as two-dimensional as their appearances. After a while it's easy to stop caring about them and their absurd antics. It this movie were making an important point about something it might be more compelling, but this is just a light caper on the theme of love and jealousy. The first half is fun, but the second part is too much of the same thing all over again.
If you like this, try:The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Garth Jennings
Wherever you go in the galaxy, somebody wants you to fill in a form.
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