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Robinson Crusoe review: almost as if it were made by 5-year-olds for 5 year-olds

Aleesha Matharu | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:47 IST

When I first watched the trailer, I thought "Hey, this kinda looks like Rio meets Robinson Crusoe with funny animals".

Boy, was I wrong - this was even more cumbersome to watch than even the atrocious Ben-Hur or the pathetic Before I Wake.

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In fact, this animation movie was so mediocre that I was left wondering as to who green lighted this project in a day and age where there are hundreds of exceptionally smart animation films that work well even for adults that deal with topics that are easy to understand while still retaining a level of complexity.

Also called the The Wild Life in some countries, the movie is loosely based on Daniel Defoe's 18th century classic.

But instead of being Crusoe's story, it actually centres on the animals who inhabit a small island upon which he is shipwrecked - parrot Mak (David Howard); pig Kiki (Lindsay Torrance) and others.

The animation is passable only; there are no truly funny jokes. What's worse is that there's no sense of a greater story in the works at all. From beginning till end, repetitious dialogue will wear you down. The only saving grace is that it makes some decent use of 3D - a feat not too many films manage to achieve.

It's almost as if this was made for five-years-olds by five-year-olds.

The verdict

This is strictly only for the kids.

RATING: 1 out of 5

First published: 16 September 2016, 10:50 IST
Aleesha Matharu @almatharu

Born in Bihar, raised in Delhi and schooled in Dehradun, Aleesha writes on a range of subjects and worked at The Indian Express before joining Catch as a sub-editor. When not at work you can find her glued to the TV, trying to clear a backlog of shows, or reading her Kindle. Raised on a diet of rock 'n' roll, she's hit occasionally by wanderlust. After an eight-year stint at Welham Girls' School, Delhi University turned out to be an exercise in youthful rebellion before she finally trudged her way to J-school and got the best all-round student award. Now she takes each day as it comes, but isn't an eternal optimist.