Futurama: Bender’s Big Score
Ah, yes, the return of Futurama. This is the first film of many that are going to be released by the makers of cancelled show. Seeing a mistreated show find some life in direct to DVD is refreshing.
The story involves heavily into time travel. But it doesn’t start out that way. Just like the Simpsons, a loosely subplot starts out the story, but it turns into a bigger story. There is also a nice little love story that involves a twist.
What I like about this movie is that it changes the way we look at the continuity of the show and the history of certain characters. However, like the title states, Bender really shines in this movie, but Fry also has some nice moments.
If you get past the basic sight gags, which are funny, you will enjoy the heartwarming story about Fry and the journey he takes. It is a nice story. In many ways, this movie has more emotional story to it than the Simpson’s movie.
The biggest weakness is that the film is a little bit too inside for its own good. This means only fans of the show will get all the jokes and continuity tie-ins. An Average Joe might get a little confused with the story, and I wouldn’t blame them.
Overall, Bender’s Big Score is a little disjointed, but still a better movie than The Simpsons Movie, because it feels bigger. It’s silly and crude in some places, but it has a nice personal story hidden within.
It is good to see these characters again.