Mr Peabody (Ty Burrell) — time-travelling hero, genius inventor, talking dog — is also the adoptive father of a human boy called Sherman (Max Charles). It’s an unconventional relationship to say the least, and when Sherman bites a classmate during a confrontation on his first day at school social services waste no time in calling…
Judd Apatow is back in the directing chair after working as a producer on most of America’s comedy output: Anchorman, The Five Year Engagement, Wanderlust, Get Him To The Greek, Superbad– the list is impressive. However, while Apatow has shepherded a lot of quality comedy talent in those films, his own directing and writing efforts (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) have received mixed feedback. In This is 40, he casts his own wife and kids as a family reaching a crisis point as the couple turn 40, in a plot that seems to imitate his own life. Sticking a little too close to home here proves to be the film’s downfall as laughs are few and far between.
Throughout their cinematic careers, zombies have been variously utilised as brain-munching bogeymen, rage-addled viral threats and social-political analogies. Don’t let ParaNorman‘s PG-rating fool you, this is a movie with a subversive streak that George A. Romero himself would be proud of.
If Megan Fox says it, it must be the truth.
Hopefully she won’t have to steal as many dogs this time round.