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Film Review: Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
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Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014). Based on the 1960s animated TV series and directed by Rob Minkoff. The film starts with some exposition about how Mr. Peabody, an intelligent talking dog, ended up adopting Sherman, a human baby that was left in a box in an alley. Sherman is starting school, and ends up in a fight with the school bully, Penny. With the threat of Sherman being taken away from him, Mr. Peabody invites over Penny and her parents as an apology. But Penny ends up stuck in Ancient Egypt when her and Sherman use the WABAC, a time machine. Initially Mr. Peabody & Sherman is quite sweet, especially during the exposition segment at the start of the story. Things started to go awry for me though when they go back to Ancient Egypt, and the intelligent and sensitive elements of the story mostly go out the window, and are replaced by slapstick and silliness, and not of the best quality either. Of course I'm not really the target audience, but I got the feeling Amélie wasn't enjoying it much either. Recommended for older children 6-7+ as the story is quite complicated, and a bit more violent than the U certificate suggests (Mr. Peabody is almost guillotined at one point). 3/5 (Average)
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