The Flintstones

BRIAN LEVANT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 1994Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Hanna-Barbera Productions.  Screenplay by , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Brian Levant does absolutely nothing interesting with this big-screen version of the popular television cartoon show, except in casting four great leads:  as Barney,  as Wilma,  as Fred Flintstone and most delightfully  as Betty Rubble. Working in overdone sets that are larger than life but set in the natural backdrop of a real desert, the result is displeasing to the eye and totally insulting in content.  You can never shake the feeling that you’re watching a really long McDonald’s commercial, while none of the show’s coy prehistoric humour (sort of a Stone Age Honeymooners) comes to life with verve or grace.

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