Hey there - Well, my husband and I saw the movie on Friday and overall, we thought it was very good! Very funny and solid character presentations. Jemaine was fabulous (it was so good to finally
see his other scenes). I also loved, loved, loved the cheesy sci-fi stuff very much - I wished that there was more of it! (I'm weird that way.) Jemaine really knocked his performance right out of the park - he's such a wonderful, stand-out character actor, I swear! I did have some issues though:I could have done - and the movie actually could have done IMO - without the gross-out/violence-for-no-reason stuff like the explosively-pooping snake, the rat poison-poop dipped blow darts, the shooting of said darts nearly at a cat and then actually hitting Benji's mom, and the various scenes of vomiting/vomit kissing. I mean, I'm not trying to be a wuss here, I just didn't think the story needed or was enhanced by some of those situations. Sam, Michael and Hannah from the cheap zoo and the others were quite good - all of the characters were interesting and well acted but no one else in the main roles besides Jemaine seemed to really act outside of their usual, as-seen-before parameters. For me, that did make some of their time on screen drag a bit, if that makes any sense.
After seeing this though, I'm more intrigued than ever (if that's possible) to see Jemaine in a truly dramatic role - and on a giant screen...He's truly quite intense even when he's being funny (as we here know well
). I loved the work shop scene with the girl and her character named Tea Cup. Shoot, that was some funny stuff!
The one other down-side was that it was us and two other people (older gentlemen and not together) at the showing. My husband made me snort-laugh out loud during the movie when he whispered his assessment that they were probably cheesy sci-fi writers themselves (they both indeed looked the part! Oh, and they were laughing to beat the band all throughout.).
Anyway, it was the very first showing and early afternoon. Hopefully, more people went that evening and over the weekend and found it to be the enjoyable experience that it is and also discovered the wonderfulness that is Jemaine.