A Fantastic Build Up To.... Nothing (Spoiler alert)
My family just saw this movie today, and we all agreed that it had a great beginning with a good build up, but it fell flat in the middle.
It starts with Victor Frankenstein, (the mad scientist from Mary Shelly's famous novel)agenius who makes movies with his dog Sparky. But then his dad forces him to play baseball, and the dog gets ran over by a car. The death of the dog was handled well, especially for a kid's movie, and I admit I cried for a large part of the grieving scenes.
Then Victor's weird science teacher gives him an idea on how to bring Sparky back to life with lightning. At first it doesn't seem to work, so Victor starts crying, but then Sparky's tail wags and he is living again! Other children find out about the dog coming back to life, and try to bring more pets to life as their science fair projects (this is where the movie started going downhill.) The results are... just what you've seen in the commercials
The pets turn into monsters, but the giant turtle, sea monkeys, and bat are a little too far-fetched.The bat is being held by a cat when the lightning strikes, so their DNA is fused together and it becomes a Cat-bat. What.
What made me annoyed was that the plot split up into too many new plots.The first plot is the science teacher, whome the parents are against because they don't understand his way of teaching. This plot
was handled very well. It results in the teacher being fired and the gym teacher replacing him. But we never get to see if the teacher is reinstated or anything.
The two other plots are the science fair,(which was brought up at the beginning numerous times and we never get to see at the end) and the neighbor. She's the (evil) mayor's daughter who has to sing for a cultural festival (never explained) and has to wear a hat with candles burning on it. Th major fire-hazard is even brought up in the movie, but we never get to see her hat on fire! She also seems to be a love interest to Victor, but in the whole movie they just have one conversation about Sparky and then Victor saves her from death.
And this is a small thing, but what was up with that cat-poop joke?
They showed numerous different cat feces in the flash backs.
The ending was good but predictable. Even my six-year-old brother knew Sparky was going to come back to life. Too obvious.