Genre Grandeur – Planet 51 (2009) – Movie Reviews 101

gg may 2015

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Animated Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Non-Disney/PIXAR) Movies, here’s a review of Planet 51 (2009) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101

Thanks again to S.G. Liput of Rhyme and Reason for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Kim of Tranquil Dreams.  We will be reviewing our favorite teenage/high school romance movies. Please get me your submissions by 25th June by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kim!

Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:


Director: Jorge, Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martinez

Writer: Joe Stillman (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Jessica Biel, John Cleese, Gary Oldman, Dwayne Johnson, Justin Long, Seann William Scott


Plot: When Captain Charles T, Baker lands on Planet 51 he expects to go down in history as a great astronaut. He is surprised to find out that the planet is occupied by another alien life form, but he is the alien now. Lem helps hide Charles with his friends Skiff and Neera while the trigger happy General Grawl tries to track him down for Professor Kipple to experiment on.


Verdict: A fun comedy for all

Story: I would say the best thing about this story is that it reflexes how some American reacted to the ‘Alien Landing’ during the 50s. I say this because the film is set in the alien world’s 50s and are all fearing of visitors from out of space. It also comes off as a coming of age like tale for Lem who gets an unlikely mentor to help him discover who is really is and what he could achieve. In conclusion it would be fair to say the story has been done before but with little twists to the tale we get a very enjoyable film. (7/10)


Character ReviewCaptain Charles T. Baker – An astronaut with charisma and charm that has got him everywhere in life, but when it comes to being a hero he isn’t ready to step up. A good leader and mentor for Lem and his friends. (8/10)


Character ReviewLem – The unconfident dreamer who never seems to take the chances put on front of him. After meeting Captain Baker he learns about taking risks and taking chances. (8/10)


Character ReviewSkiff – Lem’s conspiracy crazy friend who is big fan of the Humanoid film franchise depicting people from another world as evil. Usually the funniest character and has the best moments with Rover the robot. (8/10)


Character ReviewGeneral Grawl – The leader of the military to try and catch the alien because of everything he has been told. (8/10)


Character ReviewNeera – Lem’s neighbour and love interest who ends up being like every over female love interest in this role in films. (7/10)


Character ReviewProfessor Kipple – The mad scientist who wants to look into the brain of the alien. (8/10)


Director ReviewJorge, Blanco, Javier Abad, Marcos Martinez – Good direction to create a fun film. (8/10)


Adventure: Has some good elements of adventure involved. (8/10)

Comedy: Simply comedy with some clever reference jokes from sci-fi based films. (7/10)

Animation: Simple animation that works well. (8/10)

Believability: Animated no (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The world created is clever mixing vintage 50s culture with futuristic world. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would say try this, I think this would be a good film to show kids, but not really one for adults alone. (Try It)


Best Part: Space scene.

Worst Part: The hippies.

Action Scene Of The Film: Rover’s action escape.

Funniest Scene: Rover finds a rock with a creature on it.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No


Overall: Entertaining space adventure for the younger audience

Rating 72%


One thought on “Genre Grandeur – Planet 51 (2009) – Movie Reviews 101

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