Review: G-Force

Saw a preview for G-Force a while back, and it looked like it might be fun.

Later, someone (perhaps Twig?) told me it was no good. But I wanted to watch something fluffy this afternoon, and everything I have out from Netflix is dark to the point of grimness, and this movie was available for streaming from Netflix, so I started watching it.

By 15 minutes in, it was clearly no good. I skimmed through the rest of it, watching a few seconds or a minute here and there, and then watched the last 10 or 15 minutes.

There were a few cute moments and cute lines in the bits I saw, but nothing special. Not worth watching. A fairly good cast (Nicolas Cage, Bill Nighy, Sam Rockwell, Penélope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, Traci Morgan) is wasted on this material.

Unusually for a Bruckheimer movie, there are not one but four female characters, two of whom are sympathetic. (Only one of them gets significant screen time, but at least she's a tough actiony type. Though a fair bit of time is devoted to discussion of which of the males she's interested in.) I was amused to see that it even gets a technical pass on the Bechdel/Wallace test; for example, Penny, the little girl, says to Juarez, the tough female guinea pig, “Don't you look pretty?” (and there are a couple of other similarly inconsequential and arguably not-about-men lines from one female character to another at other points in the movie).

Anyway, I think my reaction can be summed up by saying that, as usual in movies with three talking mice who speak in unison, the mice are the best part.

One Response to “Review: G-Force”

  1. Dan P

    As usual!


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