I saw the movie Coneheads at home with family through a rented DVD. My dad
recommended it. Coneheads came out on July 23, 1993. It is rated PG because there is no
bad language or heavy violence. The whole movie is about two aliens named Beldar and
Prymatt who are accidentally left on Earth during their mission for planetary conquest.
They have lived their whole lives on the planet Remulak and are now left to adapt to the
many customs of the United States. Not long after ward they have a child named Connie.
She lives the life of an ordinary human and acts like one, unlike her parents. Miss
Conehead doesn’t mind how her daughter acts, but Mr. Conehead does. Even though he
wants to go back to his home planet he is forced to watch his daughter grow up in what
he calls a “savage planet”.
The story is developed logically. Since the main characters are aliens it’s only
reasonable that they act very different from humans. The title is self-explanatory and
understandable. The overall message is to tell the viewer that aliens can adapt to life on
Earth, but that doesn’t mean they will fit in completely. Many of the ideas are fresh and
challenging because “zerros” are mentioned as a really long amount of time. The family
even keeps their beds on the wall and sleep while standing up. The only thing I found
objectionable was how Mr. and Miss Conehead screech in the most ear piercing way as a
sign of fear or objection.
The actors and actresses did an amazing job for this movie. Mr. Conehead was
really good at talking fast, serious, and with an unchanging tone. The director added a lot
of ironic humor in the film, as well as keeping the Coneheads actions and way of life
constant. The best piece of acting was when Connie asked Ronnie why it took so long to
repair her Dad’s car. She talked fast and used a lot of big words about cars. The cast is
well chosen because everyone fit their roles perfectly. If the movie were to be re-made
today the cast wouldn’t have done nearly as good of a job. The same style of clothing and
music would have been different too, which would have only taken away from the movie.
The camera work, editing, lighting, sound, music score, and transitions were
nothing special and typical of an ordinary movie. The costumes and special effects stood
out. The clothing the Coneheads were wearing when they arrived on Earth and on
Remulak was unique, different, and interesting.
I thought the movie was well made and very different. I would only recommend it
to adults because it was made in the 90s. The older style of clothing and music would
relate more to adults because they lived through the 90s. Kids and teenagers are less
likely to enjoy it because of how strange it is. I liked Connie and Miss Conehead, but Mr.
Conehead acted strange for an alien trying to fit in with humans. I didn’t like how the
Coneheads were almost arrested just for being illegal aliens. They came from a different
planet! They didn’t know about being illegal or the United States. In general I thought it
was enjoyable and funny, but not hilarious.