So, I finally got around to watching Herbie Fully Loaded; I know, I’m incredibly sad. I’ve loved Herbie films ever since watching Herbie, The Love Bug countless times at Primary School (where they had a copy of it on 16mm film and it was shown at least once a year).
I’ve always had this kind of… mechanical sympathy. Just watch me wandering round scrap yards; there’s a kind of bizzare reverance in my head, a respect for these vehicles, don’t ask me why. Maybe they have a soul…
Or indeed, watch me stroke the ‘hump’ on my beloved Rebecca.
Anyway, back to the film. [spoilers, but none you’d not guess]
Not exactly taxing or complex. And probably nothing much for the non-Herbie fan; but… if you loved herbie as a kid, and you can switch of that analytical, cares-about-complex-plot-where-you-can’t-see-it-all-coming part of your brain (like I can), then it’s fantastic. It feels right.
Herbie’s still got that whole charming, mischevious & proud character that has been the mainstay of all the other Herbie outings; there’s some nicely done stunts and animations of the bug in question… and really, overall, if you’ve seen Herbie films before you’ll know what to expect.
If you’re expecting some complex masterpiece that’s going to leave you pondering the meaning of life, your existance, and whether there’s a god, you’re looking in the wrong place. If you’re looking for a cutesy film with some romance and some comedy – and you’ve seen and liked some of the other Herbie films, you’ll probably like this one.
So, uh, there.