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 byMovieAddict2016Vote: 2/10/10
"The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" is one of the poorest excuses for afamily film I've seen in a long time.
The original remake with John Goodman was at least decent, but this flop hasnot only an awful cast, but awful dialogue, filming techniques, jokes...it'sstraight out of a made-for-TV sequel. Only one thing: It's evenworse.
In this live-action prequel to the 1994 comedy hit, Fred Flintstone (MarkAddy) and wife Wilma (Kristen Johnston) go to Rock Vegas along with theRubbles, Barney (Stephen Baldwin) and Betty (Jane Krakowski), where Wilma ispursued by playboy Chip Rockefeller (Thomas Gibson). This is the setup for abunch of tiring gags that also have to do with a little green space aliencoming to earth to see how humans mate, or something assuch.
This has to be one of the worst comedies I've seen it a while. It wasactually painful for me to watch. There really are no redeeming valueswhatsoever, and I don't think I'd like it even if I was a five-year-old. Ittreats the audience like dirt, and it obviously seeing if there's any juiceleft in the audience to pay for another "Flintstone" flick.
Instead of trying to improve upon the first film--which was a bitunderrated--this film seems to go for the bare minimum in an effort only todraw money from the audience. I have to ask myself, if they knew the firstwas so critically-declaimed, why release another awful flick? Try to improveand get good reviews.
But nope, no luck here. Instead we are treated to a truly awful andhard-to-watch comedy with no redeeming values whatsoever.
Avoid at all costs.
Reviewed byThomasJ101Vote: 10/10/10
In reading a few of the negative reviews of this movie, I'm wonderingif certain detractors actually even watched it. It's too easy for somepeople just to dis a flick because it is a sequel, or because it wentstraight to video, or because it's expected to be bad, or whatever.Don't let that happen with "Viva Rock Vegas": it is a fine littlemovie: fun, funny and visually rich in cartoony colors, costumes andsets. The acting (and voices) are top notch: Stephen Baldwin's "Barney"and Mark Addy's "Fred" are just fantastic; voices, mannerisms, etc.Jane Krackowski is spot on as Betty, (ditzy-ness and giggle-wise). AlanCumming as "The Great Gazoo" is perfectly sarcastic and wise-ass. TheCGI is very good, considering, as are the sets and costumes. Thestoryline makes sense, is plausible, and even engrossing (again,considering). For what it is, this is a great little movie, andcompared to the first one (sheesh) it TOTALLY rocks ("rocks". get it?).I defy anyone who can actually tell a good movie from a bad one towatch this movie IN FULL, ALL THE WAY and TO THE END, and tell me thatthey weren't entertained by it.
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?