Don’t enter “The Bubble”

Judd Apatow’s latest comedy lacks any actual comedy

“The Bubble” is the latest film from Judd Apatow, who previously wrote and directed “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up” and “Funny People.” The Netflix movie follows the cast and crew of a blockbuster dinosaur franchise as they struggle to make a film during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Bubble” stars Karen Gillan, Pedro Pascal, Leslie Mann, Fred Armisen, Keegan-Michael Key, David Duchovny, Maria Bakalova, Kate McKinnon and Iris Apatow.

Right out of the gate, I really didn’t care for this movie at all. As a matter of fact, I thought this movie was pretty awful. Granted, from a technical standpoint, the film is competent, and there are so many worse movies out there. However, “The Bubble” is, in my opinion, a boring mess that has few to no qualities at all that make it worth watching.

Even though I hated it, the film still has some positives. All of the performances were at least decent, although that may only be because of how much I like these actors in other projects. I found Pedro Pascal in particular to have a solid screen presence as a washed-up “serious” actor.

That’s about it though. This movie was a slog. If anything, that’s really my only main complaint with the film. “The Bubble” is supposed to be a comedy movie, but I found that the comedy mostly failed. Granted, humor is subjective and different people have different senses of humor … but for crying out loud, I would truly be surprised to meet anybody who finds this movie funny.

The comedy relies mainly on the characters making an extremely stupid dinosaur film and arguing about how it should be made. On paper, that could be fun, but I just didn’t think that the film went in any interesting directions. Fred Armisen’s character plays the film’s director, and his entire schtick is that he’s only directed a low-budget art-house film before, so his vision for this dinosaur flick is extremely pretentious. This is a fun idea, and it is definitely realistic. After all, director Colin Trevorrow made his debut with the indie comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed” before making “Jurassic World.” But the joke can only go on for so long until it gets old.

Another big problem with this film is the runtime. The movie is two hours and four minutes long, and sitting through this movie felt like I was staring into oblivion for days. I just wanted the movie to end, and when I moved my cursor over the progress bar I was constantly shocked to learn that the movie still had time left. “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” was roughly twice as long (four hours and two minutes), and despite it not being a great movie, I still had a great time watching it as a fan of comic books. “The Bubble,” however, had nothing to offer me. I couldn’t enjoy it as a comedy because I didn’t find it to be that funny. I couldn’t enjoy it as a satire of the film industry because I didn’t think it had anything especially interesting to say, nor did it say them well.

All in all, I don’t have a lot to say about “The Bubble” and why I hated it so much. I just believe that being boring is one of the worst crimes a film can commit. If the movie was hilariously incompetent like “The Room,” then at least I would have had a good time. But unfortunately, I found this movie to be a dull experience with nothing to offer, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody.

RATING: 2/10