Movie Review: ‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ is a Sumptuous Feast

Movie review: 'The Bob's Burgers Movie' is one lavish party

Director: Loren Bouchard, Bernard Derriman

writers: Loren Bouchard, Nora Smith

Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal

Synopsis: The Belchers try to keep the restaurant from closing when a sinkhole forms in front of it, while the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family’s restaurant.

There are millions of us who have been enchanted for the last twelve years with a strange, joyous family unit, or die. Bob’s Burgers Movie it is not a culmination or an aberration of all that has come before. It’s a new layer between the bun and the burger. It’s the fresh ingredient in one of Bob’s burgers of the day, like a complex umami flavor that can make you cry, in a good way. The film digs deep and draws on the lore of this richly developed world to satisfy the most die-hard fan. However, what’s all that for someone who has never seen the show but is intrigued by the movie or the fan who is on the fence about spending money to catch something they get in twenty-two shorter installments throughout the year? Good…

Directors Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman did their best with the animation. The Belchers move in ways they haven’t been able to move on screen. Aside from the computer-enhanced backgrounds, the characters dance like nothing else in animation because while it’s choreographed like a musical with characters combining moves, each character has their own moves that are somehow unique, though never have moved like this before. There is a scene that will make your head spin. The Belcher children go to meet their friend Mickey to get information to solve the central mystery. The carnies have their fabulous song and dance, but then Louise, the youngest of the Belcher children, joins in on the song and does her own dance and the depth of field changes with her profile in the foreground and the carnies below her. The sequence makes you forget that someone had to draw those movements, had to build those sequences with two-dimensional characters. The level of detail in just this one sequence is astounding. It really is beautiful to watch and is a visual feast on the big screen.

The TV show has always had these kinds of dance numbers and songs, but for the movie, the filmmakers hired the big shots to give the music that extra oomph. That’s right, power couple Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, as well as legends Alan Menken and Glenn Slater created the original songs. Featured songs are classic. Bob’s Burgers. They’re the perfect combination of catchy, silly, layered, gross, weird, and emotionally resonant. The part of the opening number, “Sunny Side Up Summer”, which belongs to Louise, is incredibly moving and faithful to the character’s hidden vulnerability. These songs are an amazing addition to the show’s already brilliant canon of great songs.

Many discount an actor’s talent in a vocal performance, but no one should doubt the prowess of the incomparable Kristen Schaal. She has added a lot to the character of Louise over the years. In Bob’s Burgers Movie, Schaal brings the full range of who Louise is as a person. With Schaal’s talent behind the microphone, Louise is a person in her own right. Schaal brings life, joy and song to the role. The whole family gets a chance to shine in the film, but it’s Louise who steals every scene and Schaal whose performance shines.

it is true that in Bob’s Burgers fashion, each member of the family is part of the history and history of Bob’s Burgers Movie has everything. The plot is a mix of fast comedy, mystery/thriller, coming of age, and family economic drama. Credited writers Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith bring the kind of tight plotlines we’ve come to expect from the show, as well as a bit of reward for fans around every corner. They don’t stop to explain everything to those new to the Belchers, but instead can work years of history into some throwaway and accessible lines. If there was anything disappointing within the plot, and a minor mark on a perfect movie, it’s that the mystery plot closely resembles a previous plot used on the show and resolves a bit like the original plot. It’s different enough to still be enjoyable, but it’s a bit of a disappointment nonetheless.

there is enough in Bob’s Burgers Movie to satisfy die-hards, casual observers and neophytes alike. He’s hilarious, light-hearted, and extremely sincere. The best thing about the Belchers, whether on the big screen or the small one, is that they are a family that supports and loves each other no matter what. Sometimes they can drive each other crazy, but at the end of it all, they are a family and they are there for each other. Bob’s Burgers Movie It’s the perfect meal for any movie buff.

Grade A

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