Despite the eloquence of the titular character, the overall message to be taken away from this film remains unclear. Is it a film about a father learning to let go and let his son hack it in the big world? Is it about a young boy who comes to terms with his bizarre adoptive parent? Is it about how familial love trumps time and space and all manner of trials and tribulations? All of the above?
Who knows. After turning its female lead into little more than a background piece after she learns to stop being a bully, and giving her zero lines after the fact, the film takes an abrupt turn away from the theme of learning to overcome differences and veers into the realm of "too many conflicts happening at once for any one to be central."
The plot point you'd think would eat up the most time in the film (i.e. Characters from throughout history suddenly appearing in modern day New York) takes up extremely little screen space and is resolved easily in a few minutes after some jokes were thrown in at history's expense.
However, what the movie lacks in general coherency, it makes up for in one thing: PUNS.
If you hate puns you probably cannot watch this movie. There's a pun a minute. And they're pretty decent puns for the most part. It also did a pretty good job of cobbling together a set of coherent characters (even if Mr. Peabody is the ultimate Gary-Stu) from what was really a shoddy, low budget side affair to the Rocky and Bullwinkle show of yesteryear. (Please somebody stop the trend of bringing back shitty cartoons from yesteryear they're dead for a reason please God please)
Over all, despite my beef with how it handled its female lead and how it had too much happening at once, it was a pretty solid film and I did get quite a few laughs out of it. I'm glad to see animated movies don't suck so far this year.
Hey, how fucking old is Sherman even supposed to be, anyway?!