3 StarsThis live action big budget spectacular is probably the best adaptation that could be made from a one joke cartoon series that mocked domestic traditions and corporate politics in America during the 1950s. John Goodman is perfect in the lead role as Fred Flintstone loyal employee at the gravel pit and best friend to his coworker and sidekick Barney Ruble (Moranis). Also well cast is Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma and Betty their spot on impersonation any very amusing. Admittedly the film is aimed at the young set who are likely to eat it up, the colors are vibrant the tone is pleasant and the jokes are smart enough to amuse older audience members as well.
Speaking with a Boston accent Goodman is the knuckle-headed brute who is set up as a stooge to take the fall for a couple (Halle Berry and Kyle MacLachlan) planning to steal a fortune from Slate and Co. After a promotion to upper management Fred is forced to fire Barney thus creating a riff between the pals, along with the new position comes a windfall of money which causes strain between the flush Wilma and money strapped Betty.
The Flintstones is overloaded with fantastic sets and clever production design it all looks great. The special effects are low-key in a fun way and the leads seem to be enjoying themselves. The screenplay is credited to three writers and yet it still feels thin even at ninety minutes. One of 1994s biggest hits. Followed by an inferior sequel six years later.
Director: Brian Levant
Stars:John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis