|My Favorite Martian final poster and box art.|
Years after the trend of rebooting classic television series to film died out, My Favorite Martian came about to give this trend another chance. It didn’t work. The movie was a bland, forgettable and stupid movie plagued with issues but none more so than the fact that Christopher Lloyd just didn’t have enough character. He was playing a cartoon and was trying to squeeze laughs out of weak material and despite his comedic ability, was definitely unsuccessful. This is just another one of Disney’s very painful live-action movies of the 90’s, and it easily ranks among the worst movies the acclaimed studio has ever released.
The plot centers on a Martian that crashes to earth and is taken in by a failed reporter named Tim (Jeff Daniels). After he moves in, Tim tries to sell him out by publishing a story on him but the clock is ticking because it won’t be long before “Uncle Martin” (as the Martian insists on being called) fixes his ship and heads home. Also, Tim is conflicted as he begins to befriend the Martian and now he must choose between his career and selling out his new interstellar buddy.
This film’s biggest offense is stealing the sound effect from R2-D2 getting stunned from Star Wars during a very lame chase scene. Really. That’s it. The movie is utterly harmless, and toothless (unfortunately). The problem is its slapstick humor, sloppy CGI and bad material hold it back. It was directed by Donald Petrie who would go on to make some truly dreadful romantic comedies (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Just My Luck, to name a few) and was written by two women who have spent most of their careers writing cartoons. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the problem. This movie is written like a cartoon, not like a film, and is an example of what happens when the screenwriter doesn’t know how to put together a logical screenplay that can maintain interest for a feature length and stand the test of time. This is a mostly-forgotten film mainly because, while no one was really offended by it, it was boring, and just plain silly.
|My Favorite Martian teaser poster.|