Mars Needs Moms Movie Review- Go on a thrilling mission to save mom from Martians

First published at Scholastic http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3755849

Mars Needs Moms 3D and IMAX 3D

Rated: PG for Sci-fi peril
Opens: Friday, March 11, 2011
Running Time: 88 min.

What’s the big deal about moms? They make you eat your broccoli and do chores. Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) doesn’t think there’s anything special about that. However, when Martians abduct his mom (Joan Cusack) to discipline their own young, Milo changes his mind and embarks on a quest to save her.

Produced by the team behind Monster HouseThe Polar Express, and Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Director Simon Wells’ breathtaking Mars Needs Moms in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX will take you on an ultimate adventure through space.

In the movie, Milo meets Gribble (Dan Fogler), a boisterous, tech-happy, ’80s-speaking underground earthman who has a treehouse made out of trash. He also hooks up with a strong-willed Martian named Ki (Elisabeth Harnois) who learned to speak English by watching a ’70s sitcom. Gribble and Ki help Milo stop the heartless Martian leader, the Supervisor (Mindy Sterling), from taking his mom away forever.

From the setting to the clothing, meticulous and accurate attention was paid to every single detail. The movie was filmed through the process of mocap, or motion capture. The action is filmed using real actors in skintight suits with digital monitors embedded. The animation is then imposed on the live action for a more realistic look and feel. It works!

I could almost taste Mars’ famous red dust. The scenes where Milo is tumbling down mounds of trash or when he is blasting off on the spaceship are like being on a rollercoaster ride at a theme park! Seeing the movie in IMAX 3D enhances these stimulating and exhilarating scenes.

The music intertwines with not just the action of this fast-paced film, but the touching moments as well. It brilliantly reflects personal, emotional detail of individual character. The scene where Gribble reveals his past is so touching, my eyes even got misty toward the end.

This movie is based on a book by famed cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, who was inspired to write the book when his own son Milo had a disagreement with his mom over broccoli. Milo thought that he would be better off without his mom. The movie used the key elements in the short picture book and added unbelievably spectacular 3D scenes littered with funny characters, adventure, fantastic humor, and great performances.

Mars Needs Moms has an amazing message beneath all the comedy, action, and special effects. Start your journey to Mars with Milo when Martians land in U.S. theaters on March 11, 2011!

Find out what the actors think in Kid Reporter Cassandra Hsiao’s story about the press day promoting Mars Needs Moms. And check out her post about the movie on the Scholastic Kids Press Corps Blog!@Scholastic Inc

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on March 9, 2011, in Movie Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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