Earth to Echo

I can’t say that Earth to Echo fails totally as children’s entertainment; the grade-schoolers at the preview screening I attended seemed to enjoy it just fine. Yet I’ve seen grade-schoolers transfixed by TV commercials as well, and no responsible parent (or so I hope) would show a child advertisements for 90 minutes straight. Echo often feels like a feature-length smartphone commercial; when it doesn’t, it comes off as an inept knockoff of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and J.J. Abrams’s Spielberg pastiche Super 8 (2011). If the movie is a waste, at least it’s an instructive one, signaling just how offensive children’s entertainment might become in the YouTube era. Continue reading >>