Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. USA, 1994. Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Hanna-Barbera Productions. Screenplay by Tom S. Parker, Jim Jennewein, Steven E. de Souza. Cinematography by Dean Cundey. Produced by Bruce Cohen. Music by David Newman. Production Design by Eloy Lobato, William Sandell. Costume Design by Rosanna Norton. Film Editing by Kent Beyda.
Brian Levant does absolutely nothing interesting with this big-screen version of the popular television cartoon show, except in casting four great leads: Rick Moranis as Barney, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma, John Goodman as Fred Flintstone and most delightfully Rosie O’Donnell 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.