Writer – Justin Case
Hey kids! This week I’m reviewing a lovely and charismatic tale that emulates several other movies that have puppets or animated characters who swear and do naughty things. This movie is called Hell and Back and it’s about two friends who travel to hell to get their friend back. Now that we’ve solved the mystery of the title, let’s move on.
This movie has an awesome cast. Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, TJ Miller, Susan Surandon, Jennifer Coolidge, and H.Jon Benjamin are just some of the talent squeezed into this picture. I especially enjoyed Bob Odenkirk as the Devil. The stop motion animation was also impressive. You don’t see too much of it these days so it’s kind of refreshing (besides Robot Chicken, but we’ll get back to that thought in a minute).
As for the movie itself, it was just okay. It started off kind of bland, but when they finally got to hell it becomes way more interesting. To my dismay, it quickly faded back to being bland and monotonous. After awhile I began to feel like it was a Robot Chicken skit that had run on way too long. Little did I know at the time, I was half right.
Half of the Robot Chicken team (the not Seth Green guy), was half responsible for this movie. As I said before, the animation is impressive and I enjoyed that aspect of it. I felt like every joke fell flat on it’s face like a drunk girl in high heels. With the cast I expected much more from this movie. You can tell a lot of planning and effort went into this please stop motion picture and it’s a shame. It has a 5.1 out of 10 rating on imdb.com just to give you some insight.
I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who will disagree with what I said about it, but you should know this. I had to watch this thing twice to do the review. That’s right, I said twice. This is the first time I have ever had to do this with a movie so I could review it. I became so disinterested with this movie that I got on the computer and began looking at the interwebs while it continued to play in the background. I decided to watch it again to give an accurate and honest review, but I am currently writing this on the interwebs while it’s playing in the background. There is still 47 minutes of the movie left.
After I wrote the previous paragraph, I decided to try and finish watching the movie. I honestly tried to , but I wound up watching my eyelids instead. This movie is just not interesting to me. It’s one of those movies that I know I’m supposed to like based on all the factors surrounding it, but I just can’t get into. I gave it two chances and I just can’t do it. I’m not saying the movie is horrible, because it wasn’t. I’m just saying that I have no interest whatsoever in it. It’s possible that a year from now I will try to watch it again and actually enjoy it. It’s also possible that I may never ever try to lay my eyes upon it again unless I am trying to fall to sleep. I was using Kevin Costner’s Postman for this purpose, but it’s possible I have another movie to add to my “Things that bore the crap out of me until I get sleepy” list.