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“The Peanuts Movie” Reviewed


Do you remember that  Peanut’s cartoon where Charlie Brown tells Linus: “I can’t talk with that little redheaded girl . She is really something and I’m nothing. If I was something and she was nothing I could talk to her or if she was something and I was something. But she’s something and I’m nothing.”

And Linus replies, “For a nothing you are really something”.

In the Peanuts Movie they have the conversation occur between Charlie and Lucy… and they cut out the last line.

Cultural vandalism of course, how can they care so much about Charles Schulz’s timeless creation (his son and Grandson are behind this reboot) and get it so completely wrong? Though, I was never crazy about the specials or the movies myself, I worshipped the comic strips. Pauline Kael destroyed “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” back in the day and I agreed and with the exception of the Christmas and Pumpkin specials, maintain the same feeling today.

“The Peanuts Movie” -which I saw in 3D for no good reason whatsoever, has Charlie chasing the Little Redheaded Girl and Snoopy chasing the Red Baron, and despite a too sweet denouement, it remains relatively accurate to the other movies in the series. Except, it isn’t quite right. For one thing, they give Snoopy too much at the cost of Linus, who is shortchanged throughout. By the midway point I was nodding off as we went to another Snoopy reverie. Indeed, I was so disappointed I suspected I had outgrown Peanuts and only after I went back to the strip again did I realize it wasn’t me, it was them.

This movie won’t please anyone very much, the children were quiet, which is better than talkative true, but they weren’t laughing, and the adults probably felt like I did, it wasn’t quite the way I remembered. In the first Charlie Brown, he loses the Spelling Bee and Linus tells him the next day, yeah it.s bad, but look around you, has anything changed? And Charlie looks around him and nothing has changed so he gets out of bed and starts again. This is a concept beyond the makers of this Schulz’s children.  Poor ol’ wishy washy “The Peanuts Movie”.

Grade: C+


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