The premise: A newly graduated young bee learns that he now must enter the job market and that once he picks his job he does it for the rest of his life until he drops dead. And making honey is it. That's all bees do. He wants more. He goes out with the bees ("Flight Jockeys") who gather pollen one day as they have the glory jobs and discovers a big bright new world. He also (inexplicably) strikes up a friendship with a human woman (yes, apparently bees and humans can communicate) and then learns that humans eat, sell, and use enslaved bees to make honey for their own consumption without compensating the bees in any way. So he sues humans for stealing honey and wins. The bees get all the honey back, the enslaved bees go free and all the flowers in the world begin to wither and die. Lesson learned! Bees have a very important function the entire planet depends on. So, our little misguided bee must now go to the Tournament Of Roses parade and hijack a float with roses so they can re-pollenate central park and save the world.
Believe it, or not, the premise isn't half bad...it's the execution that totally misfires. It's choppy at best with no real cohesive flow or rhythm. The jokes are horrible. No characters pop out as being likable or memorable. There were a slew of corny jokes and puns which garnered little more than sparse chuckles from the crowd (I think I counted 6), no real tension or conflict, and poor use of the only semi-funny character in the movie; Chris Rock's mosquito character ( I think he had 2 whole minutes of screen time). Patrick Warburton's voice talent (we love Patrick too!) was completely wasted as a constantly screaming, annoying tennis bum. Not funny. Renee Zellwegger(sp?) also wasted with bad lines and a pretty directionless character in the film. And Jerry's character whined in a high shrill throughout the entire film. The high shrill CAN be funny when used sporadically or timed appropriately, but it seemed as if he talked like this through the entire film...and he talked quite a bit. Way too much, in fact. It's like what The Simpsons has sadly become the last 6 seasons...non-stop banter for the sake of non-stop banter. The writers seem to think they have to jam as much pandemonium as possible into each and every scene! Whatever happened to the old comedian adage about "comedy is timing"? They left the audience no time to breathe in THE BEE MOVIE. And yet, the end result of all the pandemonium and high shrilling?...a very, very bored audience. I had trouble staying awake! My daughter, who is an animation junkie has her head on my shoulder through half the film! And after the film we ran into a family we knew and the mom whispered she almost fell asleep and Sandy's (my wife) eyes popped wide as she exclaimed, "ME TOO!"
Bottom-line: we were very sad that we did not like this movie. We wanted to! We love Seinfeld. Truly. But the movie is not very good. In all honesty I give it a D+ and that's "bee"ing very generous (another sample of the humor). I was SHOCKED today reading the Entertainment Weekly review where they gave it an A-!!! Although they do tend to pander to the studios sometimes, don't they. That's why it's wise to wait a week and read the average grade grid they do. I tend to agree with Renee Rodriguez in general...but I digress.
Save your money folks. Watch reruns of Seinfeld instead.