The Peanuts Movie - Review

Jan 2, 2016
the peanuts movie review

'Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie' is a charming, very lay-back approach on rejoicing Charles M. Schulz's classic comic-strips on the big screen. Most of its beauty came from its simplicity by incorporating the source material's iconic tropes than opting to put 21st century tools in order to appeal the new generation. This is an interesting choice for the filmmakers' part since the kids who will see this has a very likely chance of not knowing anything of Schulz's comics. Even the activities performed by the characters like ice-hockey plays and kite-flying in the morning might be a head-scratcher for the gadget-influenced, indoor-staying millennials.

But it's probably the only option they have since the writers of the film, Bryan and Craig Schulz are the descendants of the comic-writer, avoiding every distraction that's distancing themselves from the source material. In a way, this feels more like an appropriate tribute to his works than naming it as a new 'Peanuts' cartoon. 

The story revolves around Charlie Brown falling in love with the new girl on the block with the red-hair, something that's been frequently told in the comics. The film doesn't make you feel like you're watching the same stuff all over again, but more like a friend you haven't encountered in a long time welcoming you for a dose of nostalgia.

And the movie succeeds in crafting that nostalgic charm. The story's tension comes from how big the problems appear as a kid, like facing surprise Math exams, choosing an act to perform in a competition and a lot of hiding from your childhood crush, when in fact it's only a small fraction of the real deal.

the peanuts movie review

'Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie' is a sweet reminder of the joy and facets of being a kid. There are no spaceships on the verge of destroying the world or a superhero in cape here, just a simple story of a boy trying to fit in with the other children in the neighborhood. This is an endearing tribute to Charles M. Schulz's classic 'Peanuts' comic-line that is oozing with charm and simplicity. And all of it works very smooth.

The geek rates it 8.5/10!

the peanuts movie review

'Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie' opens January 8 from 20th Century Fox Philippines!

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