Reviewed byAllan-14Vote: 7/10/10
Jeez, it ain't THAT bad! 3.8? Maybe the original, MAYBE, but this is asubstantial improvement over that, and the original has like a 4+ rating. Idon't really give this a 10, I give it more like a 7.5, but I gave it a 10because I found the ratings to be well, WAY OFF. This one had decentperformances, really excellent art direction, and some really cool FX. Iespecially liked the Bronto-bridge and the Great Gazzoo. Unlike the firstFlintstones, this prequel is smart, fun, and the actors truly become thecharacters they play. The story? LAME. The first 60% or so of the film DOESCLICK. But the rest, when they arrive in Rock Vegas, is pure dreck appealingto the lowest common denominator. But the film is so fun to look at, youreally don't care. There are a lot of films to love to hate but this onereally is NOT it. It's an adult Flintstones, if you can imagine that, andit's a small but cute treasure to behold.
Reviewed byElectrified_VoltageVote: 4/10/10
I saw the 1994 live action "Flintstones" movie on video for the secondtime in 2000, about 4 ½ years after I first saw it, and thought it wasgreat during my second viewing. That was shortly after this prequel,featuring a different cast, came to the silver screen, and I rememberhearing about this film around that time. Since I was not nearly asimpressed during my last couple viewings of 1994's "The Flintstones"(both many years after my second), I was in no hurry to see "TheFlintstones in Viva Rock Vegas", especially since I knew it had an evenworse reputation than its predecessor. It's been over 2 ½ years since Ilast saw the first live action "Flintstones" effort, and I've finallyseen this second one, which is unsurprisingly not good.
The Great Gazoo is an alien who is sent to Earth by his species tolearn about human mating rituals. Back on Earth, in the prehistorictown of Bedrock, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are two best friendswho are both in search of girlfriends. They are the first ones Gazoosees after he lands on the planet, so he decides to follow them around,even though he annoys them. Meanwhile, a rich young woman named WilmaSlaghoople is fed up with the snobbish people around her, especiallyher mother, and runs away. She goes to a restaurant and meets awaitress named Betty O'Shale, and they quickly become friends. Fred andBarney go to this restaurant and meet the two women. Fred gets a datewith Betty and Barney gets one with Wilma. When the four of them go outtogether, Fred and Barney end up swapping girlfriends, but both of themare successful with their romance. Both couples are invited by ChipRockefeller, Wilma's rich and arrogant ex-boyfriend, to his resort inRock Vegas, but what they don't realize is that this is just a cruelscheme for Chip to win Wilma back!
The main problem with the 1994 film is that it simply isn't funny, andthat's most certainly a major issue with this prequel as well. The onlypart of this film I couldn't keep a straight face while watching wasthe "I'm ignoring you" part. There's one memorably lame moment with afarting dinosaur, and most of the other gags are just mediocre. I wasalso not impressed with many of the performances here. Mark Addy maynot be bad as Fred, and I guess Stephen Baldwin isn't that bad asBarney, though I definitely preferred Rick Moranis' portrayal of thecharacter in the first film. These performances certainly aren't great,however, and I certainly didn't care for Kristen Johnston and JaneKrakowski as Wilma and Betty respectively. Also, Alan Cumming plays twocharacters, which are Gazoo and Mick Jagged (obviously based onreal-life Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger), and both hisperformances fail, especially the former, I would say. At thebeginning, showing Gazoo with other members of his species on aspaceship before he is sent to Earth, it already looks like this isgoing to be a very unfunny comedy movie, and unfortunately, thatbeginning sequence doesn't lie.
The first live action film adaptation of "The Flintstones" was acritical failure but a box office success, whereas "The Flintstones inViva Rock Vegas" was both a critical AND box office flop. Afterwatching it, that doesn't surprise me. I can't really think of anythingwrong with the 1994 release other than the absence of laughs, but Iwould say that REALLY brings it down if quality, since it is supposedto be a comedy. Just like its predecessor, this prequel failed to makeme laugh even one time, but this second film of the two also hasinferior cast performances, and maybe a slightly more boring plot aswell (I'm not 100% sure about that, as it's been a while since I lastwatched the first film), which makes it even worse. I only found it aBIT worse than the 1994 film, and don't absolutely hate it like manyothers clearly do, but some could find it a LOT worse, including someof those who like the first film. If you don't like 1994's "TheFlintstones", you probably wouldn't like this prequel. If you do likethat movie, there's probably STILL a good chance you wouldn't like"Viva Rock Vegas".
Reviewed byMartianOctocretr5Vote: 3/10/10
This movie makes an awkward attempt to stay faithful to the spirit ofthe cartoon. It has moments, but far too few of them.
The few things done right first: Jane Krakowski makes a wonderfulBetty; why couldn't she have been in the first movie? She makes thesilly dialog somehow sweet and fun. The dating sequence is cute and theVegas arrival scene has some clever sight gags, but these were fleetingmontages. Harvey Korman is wasted in a throw-away role with few lines;instead of voicing Gazoo (as he did in the original cartoon), and theguy they use for Gazoo sounds like slate grinding on bedrock.
Joan Collins is obnoxious enough on her own; this movie has her play awrenching stereotypical loudmouth mother-in-law who you want to feed tothe nearest T-Rex you can find. And the guy that plays Barney? What theheck is he doing? His entire performance looked like a rejectedaudition for a junior high school production of "Bill and Ted'sExcellent Adventure in Jurassic Park." Fred? The guy had a voice almostas nasally as Joan Collins. Wilma is cast as a 7-foot-tall giraffe.Fred goes gambling: Gee, what's gonna happen there? Fred and Barneydress up as dancers: they even manage to ruin this classic comedyroutine. A poorly done triangle story falls flat.
This petrified fossil of a film does little justice to the ModernStone-Aged Family. Rent some of the original cartoons, instead.
The Flintstones are at it again. The Flintstones and the Rubbles head for Rock Vegas with Fred hoping to court the lovely Wilma. Nothing will stand in the way of love, except for the conniving Chip Rockefeller who is the playboy born in Baysville but who has made it in the cutthroat town of Rock Vegas. Will Fred win Wilma's love?