The movie is particularly disappointing since Sony’s first animated film, Monster House, was such a breath of fresh air. By comparison Open Season, is as stale as they come. And it’s not really the similarity that causes the staleness – it’s the lingering sense that everyone involved in this movie is in it for the paycheque.
The jokes are all obvious and badly timed, and the stilted dialogue creaks and groans like a rusty hinge. The writers seem to subscribe to the “louder” school of humour – as in “if it isn’t funny, just say it louder”. The animation is an uncomfortable mix of realism and cartoonish exaggeration, giving the film an annoyingly uneven finish. Why spend so much time making the bear’s pelt perfect to the individual hair and then slap badly painted mountains into the background of half the scenes?
As for the voice cast, employing two of the most annoying men in Hollywood as your leads is no accident. Obviously the filmmakers think these two will keep things edgy, and get them in touch with a slightly older audience. That might be the case, if either one of them could do more than simply yell their lines into the microphone like a frustrated stand up comic.
But, whatever its faults, Open Season isn’t the worst film ever made. It delivers what it promises: a generic cartoon adventure with generic cartoon jokes. The question you have to ask yourself is: am I going to spend 120 bucks taking my family to this, or am I going to wait a couple of weeks and take them to one of the four other, better, films coming out?
- Alistair Fairweather
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