“Hop” Boring with Bits of Ha’s Grouped together with Jelly Beans of Goodness

Genres: Comedy, Kids/Family, Animation and Holiday
Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.
Release Date: April 1st, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor.
Distributors: Universal Pictures


Director: Tim Hill
JJ Rating: B

See it again: I have a slight want.
Own it: Nah.
Recommend it to: Parents with older kids that are not under the age of 8. It was decent fun.


Good
Russell Brand
James Marsden
Animation and live action looks great

Bad
The story had too many boring moments
Not enough funny
Lagged a bit in many places

E.B. (Russell Brand) is next in line to be Easter Bunny. He doesn’t want to be. He runs away and is found by Fred O’Hare (James Marsden) who doesn’t know what he wants to be. Hop.

I really, really like James Marsden. He’s a talented actor. Many actors and actresses take on rolls that are different in a grand way. Cate Blanchett is the captain of that ship for me. Every role she takes on she’s the brightest star in the film. James Marsden joins her on that ship. They’re a rarity in Hollywood. They’re not good. They’re great. And though they might not get the awards that their talent merits, they do win many over by their incredible gifts.

Russell Brand is a great comedic mind. He delivers lines with strength, sharpness and bite. Things that I love more than script--in general. His ability to speak, as he needed to for his part makes Hop fun to watch.

The script had moments of greatness and many moments of total boring suck. It’s not as good as Who Frame Roger Rabbit? a film that it needs to be compared to due to the live action and animation being mangled or merged together, depending on how you look at it. Hop makes the merging seamless. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? had issues with that due to time it was created and technology, but they nailed story so hard it can still be watched and loved because of that superb fantasticness. On top of poo-poo script, the laggy feel of the film made me want to boot some scenes as if I were in a waiting room for StarCraft. Not to mention the weakness of the bad guy and the lack of fun he served.

A review pointed out the The Pink Berets were an awesome part of Hop but they weren’t as fleshed out as they should have been. I agree. They did a lot with these silent bunnies, showed more than tell and it worked. They weren’t a huge part of the story, as they should have been. More so than the fat chick.

Hop has some ha moments that are glued together with a few jelly beans of goodness, but mainly sunk by a ton of boring. Hop is the only children’s film out there. Of course, it’ll do well and it has. It’ll continue to do well until another children’s film comes along, because as long as the children like it--script awemeness doesn’t matter. Wait until I have kids. It’ll matter.

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