Thursday, 31 March 2011

Hop (SPOILER)

I didn't initially plan to watch Hop, but I did thanks to Nuffnang. Won a pair of tickets to the local premiere screening at the Cathay cineplex at e@curve last night on a lark on Twitter (first 10 people to basically answer "The Easter Bunny" back). Got an invite in the inbox not too long after that.

The gist is that the Easter Bunny (Hugh Laurie)'s teenage son E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) runs away to Hollywood from Easter Island (no shit) to pursue his dream as a drummer instead of becoming the Easter Bunny; but gets hit by Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker who's also having similar troubles with his own father (Gary Cole). Meanwhile, the elder Easter Bunny's second in command, the Spanish-accented yellow chick Carlos (Hank Azaria) is planning a coup d'├ętat to not only take over the old man's job, but also the holiday.

Actually, you already know what happens in the end when it's revealed in the opening credits of the movie, so the viewer has to hop (pun intended) on the journey to see how it got to that ending. I hope you people will watch it to find out as the ending is just un-freaking-believable (spoiler after the jump). Hop reminds me too much of Christmas movies with the candy factory in a deserted place, the Egg Sleigh with the magical flying chicks, etc. I think it's still a hilarious movie not just for kids, but adults as well. It is from the people that did Despicable Me and the recent Alvin and the Chipmunk movies, so yeah.

What I liked:
  • Hugh Laurie and his actual English accent as the elder Easter Bunny.
  • They didn't take the lazy way out in calling the kid E.B. instead of "Junior", which other movies of this ilk have done.
  • E.B. calling out his Dad on why they never "cracked" China - quick flash to the Easter Bunny getting the broom from a lady in China.
  • The Pink Berets (Easter Bunny's royal guard) are so cute - but essentially the killer bunny versions of the Chippettes. Even down to the tiniest, inhaler-using one.
  • The transport hole that transported E.B. from Easter Island to Hollywood - like the Floo Network in Harry Potter, but subterranean. I wouldn't mind that as a method of travel.
  • E.B. poops out flavoured jelly beans (that the chick from The Big Bang Theory later ate, haha) - I hope kids are not stupid enough to eat bunny poop after the movie comes out.
  • The obvious song choice (I Want Candy) wasn't overplayed and it'll be stuck in your head for a bit, but at least it'll take over Rebecca Black's Friday for some of you.
  • The Playboy Mansion being E.B.'s first stop, HAHA.
  • The Hoff and their take on America's Got Talent - Hoff Knows Talent.

Random thoughts:
  1. I need to say this: James Marsden is too hot for this movie. Seriously. 
  2. The Easter Bunny lives on Easter Island? Shut the front door! Not that original, but what the heck - will more people actually GO to Easter Island as a result?
  3. Check out Russell Brand's live-action cameo in the movie. 
  4. Apparently there's a stinger that I missed - that's the thing about watching new movies before they're actually out.
  5. Am I the only one that thought it was weird that you never see E.B.'s mother in the movie and that he's the only child featured? What happened to that breeding stereotype that bunnies/rabbits are supposed to have?
  6. The Easter Bunny is a single father - HAHAHAHA...!
SPOILER -
  • Both Fred and E.B. become co-Easter Bunnies. *facepalm*
  • Carlos became this chick-bunny mutant and is now the Rudolph of the Egg Sleigh.