Another recommendation from my girlfriend: enter The Bob’s Burgers Movie, a film based on the long running TV show about a family running a burger shop while hijinks ensue. Considering its popularity, getting a full length feature film seemed like the next logical step similar to that of the Simpsons and….it’s not bad.
Its projects like this where I have to take something for what it is as opposed to what I want it to be. With that being said, I had fun.
It truly takes minds as unorthodox as this to cram the needles of a musical comedy within the structure of a crime thriller and have it blend together without much hustle. Given how the songs themselves are pretty spontaneous and weird, Loren Bouchard and combined direction stay true to the comedic roots of the show by being as irreverent as possible; embracing its steadfast and incredibly offbeat plot structure with animation on par with the show’s, sticking strictly close to its wacky style while the acting is just drenched in surrounding surrealism.
Nice highlight of the characters personalities and their motivations, the runtime squeezes in just enough content to where it either never feels scarcely limited or overstay its welcome, use of the production design isn’t too widened out and spacious while keeping the scope condensed for the story at play and I appreciate the simultaneous circulation of sturdy cinematography and editing trying to keep up the attempt at comedic rhythm. I keep saying attempt at comedy or the results vary because well, they vary. I only chuckled a handful of times but nothing entirely LOL worthy.
Plot is fine enough: yet another story surrounding the Belcher's inability to keep up with their bills so the kids go on an adventure or two to help the family and hijinks ensue; a foundation is there considering they pepper in an interesting tale of various issues of doubt within the family dynamic. It all boils down to not being defined by your insecurities and I do appreciate the characters being slightly pushed out their comfort zones.
The problem is they don’t do a lot with all that set-up until the finale which is rushed to high heavens, let me say. On top of that, the murder mystery angle actually started to drag out by the time we got to the middle and it kinda puts a halt on an otherwise brisk pace. To be fair, turning a long running sitcom into a 90 minute movie was always going to be a challenge so I guess filler was always going to be an inevitability.
I mean, half the time we know how these stories eventually end anyways, right?
Even with generic themes and a semi-predictable plot, the characters inject enough life into the atmosphere to where amongst clashing against the off-kilter tone is guaranteed to put off some people, this is a movie based off a show that’s still oozing with the most unorthodox but embracing of personalities.