THE PLOT THUS FAR
A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Mars Needs Moms” features the inventive motion-capture style of animation where actors are fitted for special suits and act out all of the motions done by their characters in the movie. The film is nonstop confusion and is convoluted to the point where I must question, would I have understood this if I were maybe five or six. The answered is no. I would’ve been horrified by the thought of my mom being kidnapped by martians. That’s right. After wishing he didn’t have a mom, nine-year-old Milo’s (motions done by Seth Green, voice acting done by Seth Dusky) wish comes true when his mom (Cusake) his kidnapped by martians in a spaceship. Milo hitches a ride, and after meeting up with another human on the planet named Gribble (Fogler), Milo is told that mars needs moms to have their “mom-skills” be transferred into Mars’s many nannybots so they can control their young. The story-telling and plot had me lost a good portion of the film, and I can’t imagine a six-year-old in the theater getting too involved or even caring what happens.
You can expect easy to understand plot developments of how we should be grateful to our mothers’ love for us, and how the family unit is an important element of society. Watch out for a deliberate dramatic scene in the movie’s finale which exemplifies how much Moms would go to protect their children. We are warning you in advance – this sequence may just induce some tears from the more emotional viewers. Also, you’d be enjoying the performance capture technology employed in the movie.
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy and a ton of featurettes. The deleted scenes and extended opening are exclusive to the Blu-Ray, so standard definition people are left in the dust. You also get this weird commentary track that helps to explain away the special effects work used to capture the performances. Nobody talks about what could’ve been used to capture a better movie, but that’s neither here nor there. All of the special features that also appear on the DVD copy are in Standard Definition. I feel like I still have something good to say about the DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track, but I can only muster that it was loud. In the end, I’d only recommend a rental to parents of young children.
RELEASE DATE: 08/09/2011