A number of box-office predictors have scrambled egg on their faces today. On Friday, most places were predicting that the weekend movies would be dominated by a battle between
And now it looks like HOODWINKED will finish number one, collecting over sixteen million dollars.
Critics have been very mixed on this flick, so I thought I would weigh in with my own mini-review:
It’s funny. Very funny.
I’ve seen the flick three times, and I am not yet tired of it. The humor is made for adults, but enjoyable for children. It never goes crass (ala SHREK) or cloying (ala way-too-many-animations to name). It’s sassy without cynicism. And the story works.
Not to say it is a perfect film: It does start out too slow. And one character is never as cleverly tied into the story as he should be (the Woodsman -- but, dang, he’s still a funny character!). So I would give it an A instead of an A+, which puts it better than SHREK II and just below MONSTERS INC.
Congratulations, Cory, Todd and Tony!
As ever your servant,