Reviewed by Ken M. Wilson
Rating: 2 Beans
lright, alright... you caught me. I liked Disney's "Rocket Man." What can I say? I've always been a sucker for cookie-cutter kids films and this one was no different. What boy didn't dream as a child of one day becoming an astronaut? My six year old son Alex, whom I accompanied to this film, has already spent many an hour hovering over astronomy books and peering through his own small telescope whilst pondering what exists in the farest reaches of space.
From the very second that I saw the trailer, I knew that I was going to be seeing this film. I couldn't convince Scoot and/or Bjula to go see it with me and pretty much rested sure that I could see it with Fish (aka Alex). The scream... that's what hooked me into "Rocket Man." That shrill, effeminate, hilarious scream that Fred Z. Randall (played by Harland Williams -- best remembered as the state trooper in "Dumb and Dumber" that drank the boys' urine) emits once hearing the news that he will be amongst the crew of the first manned flight to Mars.
The incredible thing about this film is that Disney has resorted to toilet humor. Now, I'm no prude (obviously) and enjoy a joke involving rectums and such just as much as the next guy... but from Disney? Come on! Walt wouldn't ever do that -- he gave us the classics (both animated and live action) that we've all come to love as children and hate as adults because our kids play the HELL out of them. The folks over at Disney have been trying to grab the same old "let's take the kids to a Disney flick" dollars as they always have but, as in "Rocket Man," give 'em a good fart joke and collect while you can. Yet, it's those same dollars that bring us the actual anti-"BM Night" flicks like "The Lion King."
So, hats off to the Disney team for being cool enough to stick their heads into the loo and bring us simple comedy for the masses to enjoy. Harland plays the part of the man-child to perfection along with his supporting cast of Beau "What's another Twinkie gonna hurt?" Bridges, Jessica Lundy (the adorable female astronaut that, you guessed it, falls for our man Fred), William Sadler (the I'm-better-than-you mission commander), and Shelley Duvall as Mrs. Randall.
Now, don't get me wrong... it's not like I'm gonna rent this film when it comes out on video or anything. It was just a cute and enjoyable film. Maybe it was something I ate the night before.
Fun things to do during the film: if you happen to be viewing the movie with small children, tell them all what you really think Tang is made of.