Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat


March 13, 2014

“Mr. Peabody and Sherman” unexpectedly a heartwarming treat

Movie Review — At this point, I’m not placing any bets that 2014 can match the near perfect slate of film quality, animation or otherwise that came in 2012. However, when it’s only March and I’ve already had my expectations exceeded with the first two toon flicks, that thought may go by the wayside eventually as well.

As if the euphoria experienced by a way above average effort by “The Lego Movie” was not enough to start some award anticipation, it didn’t take long for today’s title to make its case as one of the best known only a month later. Swiftly ignoring those who are high horse quick to condemn comedy in preference for drama, it isn’t often that a story you knew would be goofy fun also manages to land a blow right on the old heart strings. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” was yet another cinematic entry I went in anticipating endless laughs and nostalgia, but came away with an experience one can truly cherish, focusing more on enrichment than box office dollars.

Set in a modern day big city, we are reintroduced to classic characters Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) and his adopted boy Sherman (Max Charles), who wastes no time in giving an interpretation of history only they can give using the WABAC machine. The key change in path here is getting Sherman enrolled in school after the years of historical tutoring that puts him light years ahead of his peers, much to the annoyance of one popular girl named Penny (Ariel Winter).

This leads to a series of confrontations where the young lass picks on our know-it-all boy, that eventually endangers Mr. Peabody’s rights to be a legal adoptive father. Instead of letting him smooth things out Sherman takes it upon himself to show he isn’t making up historical references and things only further spiral out of control as history itself then starts to unravel. It’s up to said trio to undue all the damage with a cast of characters not so awesomely out of place in a film since “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

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