Film #86: PLANET 51
3 out of 5 stars
A kid's CG movie that spoofs the “alien invasion” films of the 1950s. First off… the film *looks* terrific (especially on BluRay). The environments are fully realized. The characters memorable and well defined. The voice acting is top notch (especially Justin Long & The Rock). The script is both heartfelt and strikes a nice mid-line between “kids movie” and spoof. That all said… this is - first and foremost - a kid’s movie, however, children may find the nuances too subtle to fathom. Thankfully, there is enough slapstick comedy to hold their interest. Parents will enjoy it (particularly those who remember the films it spoofs). This is a film that is literally fun for the whole family.