Zootopia: A Movie Review

zootopiaEver since she was a little bunny, Judy Hopps knew how to dream big. Instead of working with her family on their carrot farm, she wanted to be the first bunny police officer. Despite those who told her she couldn’t do it, and with hard work and dedication, Judy becomes a police officer of Zooptopia, and is quickly immersed in a case of missing mammals occurring throughout the districts. But when she hits a dead end just after taking on the case, she enlists the help of a con-artist fox named Nick Wilde to crack the case.

For a kids movie, Zootopia touches on some deep topics, specifically the discrimination of others based on their background. Being accepting of others and not fearing others because of what they may look like or believe in is an important lesson to teach children at a young age so as they grow older and start to venture out on their own they will be more open minded about the world around them.

Another topic the movie touches on is to always follow your dreams, no matter how outlandish they may seem, and that hard work and dedication are important in achieving those dreams. There are many people in the world who will tell kids to go for the careers that they would make the most money or be the most successful in, even if it’s something they have absolutely no interest in. It may be cliche, but it’s true: being happy with what you do for a living and how you live your life is what counts.

By highlighting those topics alone, I feel like this movie is a must watch for families because it may help strike up important conversations for kids who may not have experienced or fully understand the importance of accepting others or being who you are. Plus, it’s a super cute movie with a plot and characters that will keep adults as immersed as their kids.

The Jungle Book (2016): A Movie Review

mv5bmtc3ntuznti4mv5bml5banbnxkftztgwnju0nju5nze-_v1_sx640_sy720_Abandoned in the jungle as a baby, Mowgli, who was raised by wolves, is just trying to be one with the pack. But when his life is threatened by the tiger, Shere Khan, Mowgli must leave to go live in the man village. But on his way he makes some new friends who make him see that doing things his own way may not always be a bad thing and that no matter what he does his jungle family will be there for him when he needs them the most.

This live action adaptation of the Disney classic was amazing on several levels. First, I felt that they did a great job at casting the actors for their respective roles. In particular, I really liked Bill Murray as Baloo. He was hilarious and I could not see another actor doing that character justice.

The movie stuck true to the original Disney telling and even included the songs “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You”, which have been stuck in my head since we saw it. The CGI was also very well done and there were several times where I was curious about how they created some of the scenes, like when Mowgli was being tossed from monkey to monkey across the tree tops.

Overall, The Jungle Book was a great adaptation from the animated version and a treat for any kid and kid at heart.

Pacific Rim: A Movie Review

The world is at war with aliens. But not the kind that come from another planet. These aliens, called Kaiju, burst from a fissure in the Earth’s core in the Pacific ocean. When the invasion began, we were unprepared and many cities were devastated. But as time went on, we figured out how to fight back. By using massive robots, called Jaegers, we easily defeat the Kaiju. Until they become stronger.

Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Yancy Becket (Diego Klattenhoff) are pilots of one of the Jaegers. But when Yancy is killed in action during a fight with a level 4 Kaiju, Raleigh quits piloting. Several years later he’s asked by Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), leader of the Jaeger program, to return to piloting in their last attempt to save the world before the apocalypse happens. Teaming up with newbie pilot, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), the two become what could be the worlds last hope of survival.

I knew nothing about Pacific Rim before I saw it. I barely even saw any previews for it, maybe one at the most. But I’m glad I went and saw it. It’s a great movie for everyone from pre-teen (although it is rated PG-13 most likely for the violence) to older movie goers, especially if you’re interested in robotics, Gundams, and sea monsters.

I do have to admit that one of my favorite parts about this movie was Charlie Day. I’m a big fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, so when Charlie came into the movie I got very excited. His character is hilarious, bringing the same type of quirky character he plays in It’s Always Sunny to the big screen, only this character is much smarter and obsessed with Kaiju. The part fantasy, part action, part comedic genres of this film definitely give it something that a lot of recent fantasy movies are missing.

To quote a friend of mine:

“If you like fun, go see this movie. If you don’t like fun, go see this movie. You’ll like fun again.”

Grade: A+