Futurama: Bender’s Game

Bender’s Game Poster

Rated: NR

Running Time: Not Available

Year: 2008

Nudity: None

One Sentence: I am starting to think cancelled was the way to go.

This is the third direct to DVD release of a Futurama movie since the cancellation of the show, and the rehire after.  Giving hope to all fans of the original show that some of the spark of the original would be shown again in longer features.  As we have seen before, so far this has not happened. However Bender's Game gave a bit more hope as there is a D20 on the cover of the DVD so it had far more nerd cred, sadly nerd cred does not make a movie good, and Bender's Game fails as the previous 2 DVD relaeases to really give the fans something good. 

I am not sure if it's the full length issue or what exactly is going on with these Futurama movies, but they are just not that good.  They are slow feeling, do not have the same sharp wit and fun times as the original show and have a tendency to just drag on.  I was just bored with this movie.  There were a few funny parts but overall the movie just kept on going with someone else watching the movie who is a bigger fan that I am, "This movie is really long."  When it actually wasn't that much over 1.5 hours.  Giving a clue to the slowness of the movie. 

The nerdy D&D part of the movie did not deliver a really good layer either.  It didn't make fun of gamers in an excessive, over the top way, or didn't deliver a truly original idea for them to get all nerdy about, instead it was a reused Lord Of The Rings plotline that just seemed recycled.  They seemed like they were trying to pander to gamers, not go at them in a fun way, and it really made the movie a let down I think for those looking for something unuiqe and smart with the gaming part of the movie.  I again can't say this movie is really worth the rental, it is just an empty shell of the once great Futurama. 

2 Stars 

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