Friday, March 4, 2016

Zootopia

Rated PG / 1 hr 48 min / Action - Adventure

What is it about?

Judy Hopps is a rabbit on a mission. She wants to be the Easter Bunny, but she has been told all her life that the sky is purple. She knows this is a lie. The only place she can escape the oppressive cult carrot farm of her parents is Zootopia. The magical city of everything is going to be alright because Tony The Tiger is in charge and he's going to make it GRRREAT again! Judy joins the police because Easter Bunnies are the law when they wear uniforms like Judge Dredd. She also decides she may want to be a judge someday and have her own TV show. Judy's first case is to find a missing otter. He is one of many animals that went missing on their way to a Katie Perry concert. If she doesn't find the missing otter then she will be forced to return to the carrot farm cult to live out her days playing Sudoku.

You will like it if...

You like cute animated Disney films. I want to say first off that this is not a comedy. I can count the amount of funny scenes on one hand. Zootopia does tick off almost all the boxes when it comes to your standard Disney film though. The computer animation looked as good as anything else out by Pixar or Dreamworks. All of the characters had a cute fluffy feel to them. The characters were well fleshed out and interesting. I was impressed that Jason Bateman's character had the same facial expressions and mannerisms when talking. You can tell from the start that a lot of work and care went into this film. One of the most impressive parts of the film was the story. It had the makings of an underdog story mixed with a mystery and a hint of thriller thrown in. There are also a lot of important social messages thrown in that can be over the top in spots, but I enjoyed the effort and didn't mind. Many of the concepts may fly over the heads of children, but the bright colors and fantastic animation will entertain them while the adults can enjoy the complexity of the story. I wasn't expecting to like this movie as much as I do, and so far it is my 2nd favorite film of 2016 behind Deadpool. If you have kids I would take them to see this, and if not you should give it a shot once it's available on digital/DVD/Redbox/Netflix.

Next Week

10 Cloverfield Lane, The Brothers Grimsby, or whichever film you vote for. Vote early, vote often, vote in the comments or Godzilla will pick the movie! As always the movie selection is subject to change based on what is showing here in theaters.

Upcoming to DVD on March 8

  • In The Heart Of The Sea
  • The Peanuts Movie - Good Grief!
  • Victor Frankenstein - Charles Xavier and Harry Potter team up!

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