2001
Rated: PG for animal action and humor
Genre: Kids/Family Action
Directed By: Larry Guterman
Running Time: 1:33
Review by: Felix Vasquez Jr.
CATS & DOGS

 

In the movie, Jeff Goldblum plays scientist and family man Professor Brody. A man who has spent years trying to discover a cure for dog allergies from pet dander. His son Scott feels neglected often and is distant from his father. But his mother played by Elizabeth Perkins tried constantly to keep the link between them close. One day, she brings home a cute puppy beagle, who the son names Loser or Lou. Little does Lou know, that they aren't just any family, Lou voiced by Tobey Macguire (Spider-Man) is told by his other dog friends that the dogs are part of a covert operative group who are trying to protect the family by the evil cat army, and the evil cat Mr. Tinkles played by Sean Hayes (Will & Grace). The cats are trying to penetrate the household and keep Brody from ultimately inventing the cure.

This is a better movie than I expected it to be. I loved the special- effects and how they meshed perfectly with the dogs faces. I found that the actors did well with the dogs and cats voices. Tobey Macguire ultimately is the best character in this entire film, proving his excellent acting even translates to a simple voice- over. The funny thing is, the human actors and situations seem to take a backseat to the canines quest to stop Tinkles from achieving his goal. I found the plot to be very inventive and original, taking the classic feud of Cats and Dogs to a new height. The action is great, especially the part where Lou has to single-handedly take on three ninja cats. I thought the entire movie makes a great comedy and action hybrid, fun for adults and children.

The problem with this film is the execution of the climax. The ending is very anti- climatic and makes me feel like there could have been alot more to it. I felt the ending is soft and is kind of cops out from being really edgy. I know I'm expecting too much from a kids movie, but its true. I also felt that the movie didn't put much emphasis on Butch the chief dogs past (played by Alec Baldwin). I would have liked to know more about the other dogs as well.

This is a fun, action-packed movie for the kids with a few plotholes and terrible ending.