Bob’s Burgers is now a movie, a 1-hour-and-42-minute-long movie.
To fans of the show, this may sound like a dream come true; to others, it’ll be as inconsequential as waking from a forgotten dream — or possibly just as annoying as forgetting one; and to a select few — a nightmare.
But it does exist. And thank goodness I’m not the one in charge of writing a thesis on why it does. All I’m here to do is give you my two cents on it.
In typical ordinary fashion, Bob is struggling at what he does best: making burgers, or in more appropriate terms — making money. The banks are on his tail about repossessing his restaurant’s equipment and the monthly rent begins to pile up. Everything seems to be on a steady decline.
And things only get worse when a waterline bursts in front of his establishment creating a sinkhole and prohibiting customers from entering through the front door.
This incites Bob and Linda to get creative with their burger promotion, in a not-so-very-legal way.
Meanwhile, the kids attempt to solve a murder in the carnival which may hold the solution for keeping the family business afloat in this comedy/mystery/musical.
The Bob’s Burgers TV show serves like comfort food to most people, something to partake of at the close of a stressful day that puts things back into balance with the ridiculousness of the seemingly ordinary.
These family-oriented cartoon shows, dating back to “The Simpsons,” have reigned supreme for decades now, so it seems right they should glimpse our silver screens — as justified by The Simpsons Movie’s success back in 2007.
But it’s the humble opinion of this critic that maybe these films should remain in their original presentation. They feel like a cash grab rather than an actual contribution to the movie-goer’s experience. The same goes for “The Bob’s Burgers Movie.”
The film is like an episode of the show drawn out to a feature length. Though some might enjoy this, I was restless, yawning and stretching multiple times throughout its course.
The laughs came far less frequently than I expected and had more so to do with the movie tiring me out than with what was being portrayed.
The one surprising aspect about the movie was it fleshed out the characters more than I thought it would. Tina and Louise especially had meaningful goals and a couple of heart-felt moments. Of course, not every character is given this attention, most are there to play up the silly factor, but it didn’t leave unfamiliar audiences to completely flounder. That’s about all I can say for its positives.
Before entering the theater, I had hoped “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” would inspire a new outlook on the TV show. Maybe, it would do so much as make me commit to give it another try.
In the past, I’ve tried multiple times to get into the show because I know many who are fans, but I just didn’t think it was very funny.
All this movie did was confirm it’s probably a hopeless cause.
The movie does have an audience though, even if I was not it. If you’re a Bob’s Burgers fanatic, then don’t miss it. But for the rest of us, it’s inconsequential. I give “The Bob’s Burgers Movie” a 5 out of 10. It’s rated PG-13 for rude and suggestive material and language.