The mom really wanted to see The Peanuts Movie. I grew up with Charlie Brown and his gang of chums. I remember the Christmas Special, the Halloween Special, and some full-length cartoon about summer camp. There was a raft race I think. I haven’t seen it in a long time.
There isn’t a lot that can be said about this movie were I writing to fans of or even people that know the basic premise of the Peanuts cartoons and comics. There was nothing new here, actually. The same gags were played up, the same content was simply rehashed in a different order than other cartoons. That being said, I really enjoyed it. I felt warm and fuzzy the entire time watching Charlie Brown as the lovable loser, Snoopy as both the wild pooch sidekick and as a World War era fighter pilot. Linus had his blanket, Schroeder had his piano. Peppermint Patty fell asleep in class and Lucy is a never-ending bitch.
There isn’t much of a plot to concern ourselves with when it comes to this film. A small smattering of Charlie Brown’s self-esteem issues, Snoopy’s wild imagination, and a fixation on the little red-headed girl filled up about fifteen minutes of the film I estimate. The rest was the throwback jokes, gags, and tomfoolery of the gang. I think the movie capped off at about an hour and twenty minutes.
I laughed out loud a couple times. Snoopy just does it for me. His facial expressions kill me even after all these years of dick jokes, swearing, and unsavory temptation. There is something special about the wholesome and untainted way the Peanuts has been and continues to be. It’s a good film for kids and although it isn’t filled with subtle nods and jokes to older audiences, the evocative nostalgia was well worth it. I really enjoyed the film and would recommend it to adults who need to keep children entertained or want a fun throwback.