March 21, 2023

Film Review – Extinct (2021)


When I was asked if I’d like to review Extinct, my first reaction was no, I don’t want to sit and watch an animated movie with my 9-year-old and having me blubbering in the corner at the loss of more animals.

As this is a family movie, this will not be the case especially when the film is billed as a comedy. Oh and that it is!

We loved this film, the whole family did. It had some laugh out loud moments very early on.

The story is around a breed of creatures called Flummels, who are fluffy, fun animals who just so happen to have a hole in their middles and live peacefully enjoying life on an island in the Galapagos in 1983.

As with all families and social gatherings, there’s always one who either doesn’t fit in, so when siblings Op (Rachel Bloom) and Ed (Adam Devine) finally test the patience of all the other Flummels too far, they are banished from the island.

Strolling around forbidden sections of the island the two end up falling off the cliff and through, yes through a flower and into modern-day Shanghai and straight in an old lady’s house who is vacuuming, and yes this whole scene had us in stitches! Do you know how a Flummel’s head gets stuck to a vacuum cleaner when it has its back stuck on the vacuum cleaner? Yep, straight through its hole, and the whole scene is just crazy funny.

Sky have got the dialogue, humour and characters of this film right, with the Rachel, Adam and Ken’s voices being a perfect match for the attitudes of the characters they are playing.

Scenes that you may feel will go wrong actually end up being funny, when Ed sees a doughnut shop, of course, he thinks it’s other Flummels and runs straight into the window, their host Clarence (Ken Jeong), tries to explain what the doughnuts are, but not before one explodes in Ed and Op’s face and they spend a good minute screaming in horror.

All good movies have a twist, and this is no different, no spoilers here but you need to watch the film to find out that all is not as it seems.

I highly recommend this movie, my 9-year-old gives it 2 thumbs up, and it’s a great, chuckle-fest of Flummel cuteness to enjoy.

Extinct is worth 5 Stars.

Animation, Comedy, Adventure | USA, 2021 | 20th August 2021 (UK) | Sky Cinema Original | Dir.David Silverman, Raymond Persi | Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom, Ken Jeong, Jim Jefferies, Catherine O’Hara