Certificate: PG

Director: Tim Story

Screenwriter: Kevin Costello

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost

Genre: Animation, Comedy

Runtime: 101 Minutes

Language: English

Rating: 2 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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A chaotic battle ensues between Jerry Mouse, who has taken refuge in the Royal Gate Hotel, and Tom Cat, who is hired to drive him away before the day of a big wedding arrives. – IMDB

It took me all of about six minutes to work out that this wasn’t a format I was going to enjoy.  I am a big fan of the Tom and Jerry Cartoons, in all their various incarnations.  Granted any attempts at bringing them to the big screen has been pretty much a nonstarter, but the animated shorts I used to watch as a kid, and the odd ones I have seen now as an adult will remain some of my favourites.  So as a purist at heart I would much rather have had the whole film go 2D animation, and lose it’s live action component.

The best parts of this were when the film went pure Tom and Jerry, when it stopped focussing on it’s inane ‘human’ plot, and just focussed on Cat chasing Mouse.  The celebrity Wedding aspect of the plot was just a means to explain why all these characters were in the same place, but wasn’t particularly interesting or engaging. 

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Both Chloe Grace Moretz and Michael Peña are as charming as always.  Well suited to the comedy roles that they play.  It’s just a shame that their characters are so flat.  It can’t be easy to act against nothing, but I always think it looks weird to see actors act against a character that they can’t see, there is a kind of awkwardness that very few people can play off in that situation. In the end it tends to come off as over-acting. None of the characters get an opportunity to really make relationships, or have any kind of development, so none of the emotionally driven scenes feel at all genuine. I know we shouldn’t expect a lot from a movie about a cartoon cat and mouse, but if you are going to put human characters in there, then at least try and do something with them.

It’s silly and entertaining enough that kids will probably love it, but as an adult, there is little that I found to be overly excited about.  It’s not a film that I think needed to be made, and not one that I will rewatch.

‘Tom and Jerry’ is available for Home Premiere on Amazon Video Now.