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Futurama - Bender's Game [DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
After enjoying every minute of the four seasons of Futurama episodes, I was left slightly disappointed after having watched the previous two straight-to-DVD films. However "Bender's Game" was a major improvement even though the plot was slightly slow to get going and went a bit awry once the crew ended up in the fantasy land. The quality of jokes far exceeded those of the previous films and I was enjoying this from the highly creative beginning. The film did hit a minor lull when the characters entered into Bender's fantasy land and if you're not a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy then you may end up getting highly frustrated with this film. I thought the idea was well-conceived as the Lord of the Rings references were not done in order of the original storyline which meant this avoided becoming a repeat story with Futurama characters.

I'm not somebody who normally watches the trivial extra features that accompany DVDs but the ones on this disc were creative and highly amusing - especially Bender's piracy warning and the cross-breeding feature. Fortunately, alot of the previous characters made appearances although it was disappointing not to see the hilarious arrogance and stupidity of Zapp Brannigan make an appearance.

I had feared beforehand that the fantasy-based plot may have caused this film to become non-sensical but it was just like the Futurama of old - a barrel of well-contrived laughs. Recommended for any Futurama lover.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2008
After reading the mixed reviews on here, I wasn't expecting all that much from this latest Futurama movie (why is it that we're always more liable to believe the bad reviews than the good?!). I enjoyed Bender's Big Score but was mildly disappointed by The Beast with a Billion Backs...so was a little concerned that this would be another disappointment. How wrong I was! People can moan all they like, but the bottom line is that this is definitely the most entertaining and FUNNIEST Futurama film yet. I laughed more at this than the first two put together. It's a gag a minute with some delicious parodies of Lord of the Rings and Dungeons and Dragons-type fantasy worlds. This one has definite potential for re-watching and, unlike the Beast with a Billion Backs, I look forward to watching it again and again. Lots of hilarity, particularly from our friend Zoidberg and Mom, who is one of my favourite Futurama characters! Loved it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2008
Bender's Game feels more like a long Futurama episode than a short film, unlike Bender's Big Score and Beast With A Billion Backs. I think it's because the stakes in this film are much lower. In BBS, the Earth and everyone's money and possessions were at stake and in BWABB Heaven was the big enchilada.

Bender's Game, though, furthers the series and characters: Leela's temper and her control (or lack thereof) is explored, Bender's character is further refined when we get into his imagination. Topical concerns such as the price of fuel, monopolies and market manipulation are commented upon. We get to see a bit of backstory between Professor Farnsworth and one of Mom's sons, along with some backstory regarding Nibbler.

This doesn't feel like it's as big of a deal as BBS because it isn't ...But if you're a fan of Futurama, though, you will get this. There are plenty enough jokes and re-watchability to easily justify the price.

If you're not a fan of Futurama, don't buy this. Instead, go buy the first few seasons then the last few seasons, then the other DVD's and finally this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2008
Whats to say? You either like the Futurama take on other peoples plots or you don't. I wasn't keen on Benders Big Score because it seemed overloaded and time travel paradox plots get complicated. The Beast with a Billion Backs was better, more understandable. This one hits the spot for me with the LOTR parody added to the generic Dungeons and Dragon world... albeit Bender's mania makes me think of the TV anti D&D rant "Myths and Monsters"
With Leela as a sexy centaur (and Uni acting as an equine dart) whats not to like? As usual the main plot device is a product of Prof Farnsworths fractured mind, but the whole film fits together beautifully in my opinion.
Question: what are they going to use for fuel now?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2008
I, like most people buying this will have seen the tv series which was brilliant. Every episode watchable again and again.

Benders big score so far being my favourite film and a beast with a billion backs good, but not so good.

Then we have this... ...the name promises so much yet after watching it leaves you feeling cold and dissapointed.

It is a bit funny. The dungeons and dragons/lord of the rings idea was alright and every now and again the film pulls off a few laughs but the problem is really a lack of a solid story for the whole film. It is made up of 4 different stories written by different people then linked together 'seamlessly' so really there is no solid plot and it is painfully obviouse when each story ends and starts. This might work had it not been trying to pretend that each story was part of the same film.

To conclude i'd say that it's nice to see the planet express crew on another adventure but this film is hard to watch to the end and unless your time is worthless or you are a true beliver then you will feel it was wasted. I find myself skipping to bits that I like rather than enjoying it as a whole film.

Keep to the series box set or see the other two films.
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VINE VOICEon 20 November 2008
I loved Bender's Big Score, but wasn't nearly as hot on Beast with a Billion Backs. Bender's Game is at least a step back in the right direction, but it also has a lot of the same problems as the previous movie, chiefly a lot of gags that just seem to misfire horribly(The entire extended Lord of the Rings/Dungeons and Dragons parody sequence around which the marketing for the movie is based felt laboured and unnecessary for one, despite a couple of nice scenes), and the movie again has no central 'character' plot like the Lars plot from Big Score yet again, unless you count Leela's 'anger management' plot, but that's a tad too comedy centric to be genuinely moving in any way.

There is a lot to like though. Bender has some great scenes, and there's a hilarious George Takei cameo at the start and the character dynamic feels like it works a lot better this time around, with believable, consistent, and most of all, amusing exchanges between the cast throughout. Honestly though, I think i'd have liked a couple more guest stars thrown in, as those seem to work out fairly well in these movies.

Overall, a step in the right direction despite a few stumbling blocks getting in the way. Still not quite up to the standards of the original TV series though, sadly, but you'll still have a great time.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2008
I can't really understand all the negative reviews here: you can almost hear the comic book guy from the Simpsons declaring it "worst. episode. ever".

The first Futurama movie didn't quite work for me. Entertaining, but it seemed like the writers were struggling to fill the feature length, and chose to fill it with so-so material which would have been cut on an ordinary show (eg. the early "Fox executives themselves fired" joke dragged on far too long).

The second was much better, particularly the first half (the Steamboat Willie spoof, the Deathball scenes, Disco boogie).

The third one may be slightly less entertaining than the second, but still has more laughs than you'll get from just about any show still on TV!

So, ignore the naysayers. Buy it and make your own mind up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2009
Bender's Game just goes to show that there is plenty of life in the Futurama series yet. After the disappointing 'Beast with a Billion Backs' this restored my faith in the show; cast and production team are all at the top of their respective games and the pastiche of the Lord of the Rings series is side-splittingly funny. Get this if you can and don't bother with 'Beast' unless you are a completist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2008
Curious mix of reviews here, but I found that this is actually probably the best of the feature length Futuramas so far, and especially welcome after the rather uninteresting second installment, Beast with a Billion Backs. Yes, the plot does meander a bit, but the jokes come rapidly and most hit home.

I suspect enjoyment of this may depend on just how nerdy you were as a teenager...
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on 30 July 2010
i won't say i'm a huge fan of Futurama.i have seen a few episodes of the TV series and was not all that impressed. i found them to be mostly slow and boring and unfunny.but,since my friend had bought this direct to video Futurama movie,i thought why not.what's that the worst that could happen?well,as it turns out,i liked it.i thought the story was very interesting,and flowed very well and there were some very funny moments and funny characters.the best part was that i was able to follow everything without knowing that much about the series.after watching this movie(number 3 in the series)i might check out the other three Futurama movies.they are:#1 Bender's Big Score:#2 The Beast With A Billion Backs:#4 Into the Wild Green Yonder.for me,Bender's Game is a 3.5/5
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