G-Force (Lil Devil)
This review is not only later than I had intended, but I’m also cheating. I couldn’t find a single positive in Disney’s new live action/CGI hybrid, so I’m writing a Lil Devil so I’m not shackled by the regular Devil’s Advocates restrictions.
G-Force is Disney’s latest foray into the live action arena, and it is successful in one respect. The film ventures into territory that actually displays a middle ground where the story is too complex for kids to enjoy and far too simple for the adults. A complicated web of intrigue and espionage is in the forefront, with lots and lots of fart and poop jokes in the background. Lowest common denominator jokes and gags, disguised as family entertainment.
And for an action comedy it was truly lacking in excitement. The action sequences are hindered by their participants…the CGI guinea pigs. The action is so condensed and specific to the little rodents that it isn’t remotely enjoyable. It honestly doesn’t translate from page to screen (who would’ve thought guinea pigs don’t make great action stars).
Two standout actors, that unfortunately were seen or heard in this debacle, are Sam Rockwell and Zack Galifiniakis. Both of whom can be seen in critically acclaimed films, still out in theaters, this summer (Moon and The Hangover, respectively). Rockwell lends his voice, while Galifiniakis lends everything plus. Both do what they can with what they’re given, but it just isn’t enough. Not even the great Sam Rockwell (yes I do admire his work quite a bit) could save the day.
Just a colossal waste of time and energy. Not funny. Not family friendly. And definitely not financially feasible (meaning save your greenbacks, which is what Disney should have done). I give it 1 out of 5 pitchforks. And that’s being generous.