Movie Review: Tom and Jerry return to the big screen in “Tom and Jerry”

Robby Timmler

Warner Bros/ Contributed

Tom and Jerry is the latest film adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Tom and Jerry show how Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse’s rivalry first started and how it led to them both fighting at the Royal Gate Hotel. While that’s happen, Kayla (Chloe Grace Moretz), who recently lost her job finds a new job opportunity at The Royal Gate Hotel which is the place of a major wedding between famous celebrities Preeta (Pallavi Sharda) and Ben (Colin Jost).  The manager of The Royal Gate Hotel, Mr. Dubros (Rob Delanely) assigns Kayla to take care of a recent mouse problem that must be dealt with before any of the guest notice especially during this busy time of planning the wedding. Kayla then came across Tom and figures that he would be a good addition to succeed in catching Jerry. So, Kayla and Tom have to catch Jerry while also making sure that the wedding goes as planned without anyone knowing that the hotel has a mouse live in it. 

Tom and Jerry is a predictable children’s film but still keeps the comedy style of the original cartoon. The slapstick comedy is excellent with the mix of old Tom and Jerry bits with new ones that keeps the film feeling fresh. The acting is decent with some of the actors saying some funny line or having a few humorous reactions. The setting of the hotel is very impressive with how immense it looks. The combination of animated violence with real life destruction is done well and adds to the humor of the slapstick comedy.

The weaknesses of the film are that the story is predictable, and the CGI (Computer Generated Image) animation of the animal characters appear odd looking at times. The plot is very common and has been seen in many other kids’ film. The CGI (Computer Generated Image) animation of the animal characters at certain points in the film looks very rubbery and waxy. While the animation style does work for the slapstick comedy, whenever the animal characters are talking or not make any exaggerated reactions, they seem very plastic like. It breaks the illusion of trying to convince the audience that Tom, Jerry, and other animal characters are interacting with these real-life characters.

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