Steven Escareno is an amateur film critic that writes about movies in his spare time.
2.5 / 10
- Animation was great.
- Decently paced.
- Cinematography for the most part wasn't that bad. Definitely worth checking out in 3-D if anyone ever does decide to check this one out.
- Voice acting was fairly decent.
- Direction was OK-ish. Nothing great, but nothing bad either.
- Humor wasn't funny.
- Weak villains that seemed more annoying than threatening. Seriously, you have a freaking shotgun and you're worried about a bunch of domesticated cats?
- All the animal characters and Robinson Crusoe are bland generic stereotypes that are uninteresting and boring to watch together on screen.
- Apart from briefly fighting pirates, and primarily cats throughout the entire story, most of the film consists of these characters building a tree house, eating food and sleeping. Seriously, this is literally all these characters do throughout most of the movie, and it gets kind of boring after a while because it feels like this was originally meant to be a short film, but they didn't know how to fill up the rest of the time, so they gave us nothing but pointless filler.
- While the story tries to be mostly a slice of life type film, the only problem is that only works if you like the characters' personalities, and they compliment each other nicely. (i.e. "Winnie the Pooh" or "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"). Sadly, that's not the case here, and that's why it doesn't work.
- Very predictable by the numbers story. Full of bland characters, and cliches.
I'm sure Daniel Defoe is probably rolling around in his grave over this bland piece of s**t...
If you're one of these people that thought maybe the story of Robinson Crusoe would somehow be more interesting if it were told from the animals' perspective, then keep dreaming because "The Wild Life" flat out sucks. Not only is the film bland and boring as hell, but it manages to turn one of literature's most popular characters into something of a bumbling idiot, who has the personality of a damn stick. To make matters worse, the animals aren't even interesting either. Sure, they each have their own quirks, but that's really all they have.
And for a movie that's about survival, it's amazing how little anything ever seems to be a problem. Seriously, you have pirates in the film, who you think are going to be the main antagonists in the beginning, but nope. The main adversaries in this movie are domesticated cats.... I wish I was making that up, but I'm not. Apparently, these cats want to kill Robinson Crusoe for denying them food, so when they all get shipwrecked together, the cats hatch a scheme to try to get the other animals to join them, so they can get rid of him.
Not a bad idea, but it only lasts for the first act. Unfortunately, the scheme fails, and they're forced to live on a small island nearby full of bugs until the third act, when they try to reenact their revenge.
And if you're wondering what the rest of the animals and Robinson Crusoe do throughout the second act, then it's simple. They help him build his tree house, and they eat, sleep and do nothing. I'm not even kidding about that either. They literally do nothing throughout most of the movie, as it's mostly a slice of life film.
Not a bad idea per se. I mean most of the "Winnie the Pooh" stories are slice of life adventures, but here's the thing. You want to know why "Winnie the Pooh" works, and this one doesn't? It's because "Winnie the Pooh" has a lot of interesting diverse characters, with their own personalities. Each character compliments each other in it's own way, so you don't mind watching a movie where all you're doing is hanging out with them because you want to be around them.
Whereas "The Wild Life", all the animal characters have no freaking personality; apart from being generic stereotypes with their own little quirks, so you're really not given much of a reason to want to hang out with these characters because of how boring they are to be around.
The humor itself falls flat on it's face, as it feels like something a five year old kid would write. Consisting of things like butt jokes and cheap slapstick. The motivations of the characters themselves (particularly the antagonists) feel a bit weak, which makes the story all the more underwhelming.
Granted, the animation is nice to look at, and I have to applaud Lionsgate for giving us a crisp looking animated film. Plus, the voice acting wasn't that bad either. Granted, it wasn't anything great, but you can tell the actors were trying with what they had to work with, which sadly wasn't that much.
While there isn't anything particularly bad about this movie that would make it inappropriate for kids, the sad reality is this is probably one of the most boring animated kids films you'll ever see. Everything about this movie was pretty much by the numbers. Most of the characters were generic stereotypes, and it just wasn't funny.
Unless you're just a huge Robinson Crusoe fan, then I'd say stay away from this one altogether. In fact, why even consider watching this movie when you can see a masterpiece like "Kubo and the Two Strings" instead?
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