When in doubt, make a prequel. The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas is the totally unnecessary prequel to the first live-action movie The Flintstones. Despite that, the movie actually does fix some of the previous movie’s problems. The tone is a bit more consistent and some of the casting is better, but that isn’t saying much. I’m not sure anyone was wishing to know how Fred met Wilma or how Barney met Betty. Although I do remember when The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas came out. After everyone meets and falls in love they go to “Rock Vegas” for a sort of random reason. Like the first movie, I don’t mind the prequel too much. If not for some major problems. Like their use of the most hated character in the show’s history, The Great Gazoo. Played by a disturbingly big headed Alan Cumming. Mark Addy was another strong choice to play Fred Flintstone. Jane Krakowski was definitely a much more attractive actress to play Betty. Kristen Johnston was a bizarre choice to play Wilma. Since she’s supposed to be petite and Johnston is 6 ft tall. Similarly Stephen Baldwin made almost no sense to play Barney Rubble. Since he clearly exceeds Barney’s short height. His impression isn’t bad though. And like the first movie, people hated the actress portraying Wilma’s mother (Joan Collins). The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas just takes us to places we never asked to go.
Followed by: The Flintstones