The Bee Movie Review

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By: Angelique Nguyen

According to all known laws of macroeconomics, there is no way bees should be able to maintain a functioning communist society. Their brains are too small to comprehend the socioeconomic order structured upon the common ownership of the means of production and the absence of social classes, money, and the state without absolute corruption. The bees, of course, in the classic film The Bee Movie, participate in communism anyway, because bees don’t care what humans think is impossible.

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Barry B. Benson: a seemingly innocent protagonist whose namesake appeals to the whims of children’s alliteration. Just graduated from college, Barry is disillusioned at is lone career choice of making nothing but honey. In every job opportunity presented to him, the only means of production have to do slaving away without offering any real job compensation.

On a special trip outside the hive, Barry’s life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms in a heart wrenchingly authentic way, Barry learns the true destination of the bees’ hard-earned honey: the consumer market profiting off the poor working class bees. Without having much say in a seemingly lawless society, Barry is inspired to stage a widespread revolt against the dictatorship of the human race for the justice of all bees.

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From then on, Barry’s involvement with humans introduces him to human ideals beyond his wildest imagination, an economic revolution not dissimilar to Marxism. Through organized litigation and a class action lawsuit, Barry and his comrades break out of the shackles of communism and launch the hive into a much more valuable system of socialism.

In the chaos that ensues, such as the decay of the natural environment and the discouragement of bees to produce any honey, the bees work toghether with humans to cooperate in a much more successful capitalistic system. Barry B. Benson, a former socialist activist, emerges into a life run by capitalism, with his florist human girlfriend, lives happily ever after. At least, that’s what we assume.

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With the adoption of capitalism, a relatively more fair market is gained, but so are its many vices. What about the rise of bee social classes? In a capitalistic economy, economic equality is no longer guaranteed as certain bees will more efficiently team up with humans in the production of honey. It’s been 12 years since The Bee Movie was released, and still no sequel has been made to answer the lingering questions that all of us have. Yes, how does the short lifespan of a bee allow a fulfilling long-term relationship with a human, and why does The Bee Movie only portray that working bees as males, and how exactly does a bee survive after stinging someone, but what about the inevitable bee elitism? And the bee disenfranchisement? Certainly no happy ending can result, as much as the movie would like us to believe.

Perhaps all we can take from The Bee Movie is a simplified endeavor into the study of macroeconomics. Or maybe it is propagandizing young impressionable children to believe that our current system is the best form out there, and that revolutionary is pointless.

Abby Lisk