Mars Needs Moms (2011) starring Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois directed by Simon Wells Movie Review

Mars Needs Moms (2011)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Mars Needs Moms (2011)

You Can Keep Mom

Milo is annoyed because his mother promised to let him watch a movie on TV if he ate all his dinner but when he cheated and fed the cat his broccoli she sent him straight to bed. It is why he told her he wished he hadn't got a mum but then felt really bad and when he went to say sorry saw aliens taking her away. Having given chase and got trapped on the space ship as it took off young Milo ends up trying to find his mother on Mars where mums and daughters live on the surface and men and boys are sent to live below in with the dirt. It seems the mums of Mars need some guidance on being mums and want Milo's Mum to teach them.

Empathy, it is for me the key ingredient which can make and kill a movie and it is a lack of empathy which killed "Mars Needs Moms" for me. What I am on about is Milo and his mum as whilst we get a 5 minute intro to them Milo is so annoying that I had no empathy for him and no empathy means no interest and no interest means that "Mars Needs Moms" is a chore right from the word go. Unfortunately when I did manage to concentrate on what was going on I found some other issues which I didn't like. For one this movie seems to have an agenda whilst considering this is a PG animation it is darker and scarier than you might expect.

But you see I am a 40 something male and quite clearly this movie was not made with me in mind but I would say it was made for young teens rather than young children. I would also say this is yet another movie which forgets that the most important thing in a movie is story and instead tries to impress with the visual. In fairness "Mars Needs Moms" is visually impressive with some semi-realistic performance-captured animation and a certain level of creativity which you have to applaud. But unfortunately were for me a movie should be story, characters and then look this one seems to be look first and second with the characters and story fighting for third place in the level of importance.

What this all boils down to is that "Mars Needs Moms" was not for me and whilst the look was impressive the rest of it didn't do anything for me. And it makes me wonder what Walt Disney himself would have thought of this seeing that it is a Walt Disney picture.