When I saw the DVD of Ben 10 Alien Swarm, at first I was excited because I watch this in Cartoon Network. YES! I’m a sucker for animations. But then we started watching this, I was drawn back. It starts off quite weird with no effective introduction. Once we figured who’s who in the story plus the selection of actors, which are not known, I was really hoping that raw talent would suffice but it’s falls short of justifying the roles they’re portraying. Ben (Ryan Kelly) lacks conviction and somewhat boring and Gwen (Galadriel Stineman) is somewhat acting very sarcastic and bitchy, which is not her personality in the cartoon. The other supporting actors also seemed to add to the boredom. I just wanted the movie to end. But don’t get me wrong, the effects are ok but not enough to sustain the excitement of the movie.
I wondered if this was shown locally in the movies but I figured that if it was, I would have known about it. After watching this (and still am watching as I’m blogging), if ever they did shown this locally, it might turn out to be a very big disappointment – no commercial appeal – and it’s wouldn’t earn a lot. I wonder if they compromised the fees of the good actors with the special effects. If only they got more interesting actors it might have a chance.
Between this movie and the TV show, it’s no brainer to choose the original format. The characters and storyline are more impressive. Unfortunately, Cartoon Network did both mediums so there is something wrong in the transition. Instead of appreciating this, I’d prefer going back to the cartoon version, sad to say.