ReviewWriter: Lai Swee WeiWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
"Ella Enchanted", "Inkheart", "Enchanted"
"Bedtime Stories" is a classic Disney comedy combined with funnyman Adam Sandler where the magical stories ranging from Wild West and medieval times to ancient Greece and outer space are brought to life. Diving far away from his obscene Israeli hairstylist in "You Don't Mess With The Zohan", Adam Sandler has his own brand of acting that is in fact quite apparent in this film and can be spotted in previous films such as "Happy Gilmore" and "Mr. Deeds". His performance blends well with what the story needs, natural humour.
Adam plays hotel handyman Skeeter Bronson who has to take care of his niece and nephew, while his health-obsessed sister is away searching for a job. One night, he tells the kids and a rather bug-eyed guinea pig a bedtime story and the next day the imaginative story comes to life! The imaginative story that both the kids and Skeeter cooked up are so ridiculously funny and comically layered with the adorable Bugsy, a 100% CGI guinea pig character. Seems like there is a strange interest to include rodents in films lately, like the TV-obsessed hamster in "Bolt" and the diamond-stealing rat in "Beverly Hills Chihuahua". Sporting such names in the story like Sir Fix-a-lot and Sir Buttkiss, what's not to like?
The film carries some good stars such as Guy Pearce ("Traitor"), Courtney Cox (TV sitcom "Friends"), Richard Griffiths ("Harry Potter" franchise) and Russell Brand ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"). I would've expected Courtney to play a funnier role than the dull health freak mum but the kids were not bad! The film also has a few surprises up its sleeve with cameos by Rob Schneider and Carmen Electra. Seeing the wacky Rob Schneider there as the "Red Indian" in the story felt refreshing and made me wish he had a bigger role!
As far as special effects go, it's beautifully crafted to the very details of the vivid colours to make this a story to remember, especially the ending. Sweet touch with the popup book idea!
On the whole, "Bedtime Stories" is one story that will not make you go to sleep.Cinema Online, 31 December 2008