I’d like to think I’m fairly easy to please. Justified by the fact that every other movie review I’ve written on this blog (and I’ve written a few now) is fairly positive! But I’d have to say that you should probably wait until this second installment of Cats & Dogs comes out on DVD before you go to see it. It’s not that it’s bad! Your kids will probably like it. It’s just not that good.
The bird, “Seamus” is like Donkey (from Shrek) on steroids. Though this provides some much needed comic relief in a movie that is surprisingly short on gags, it seems like the script writers didn’t bother to exercise any restraint whatsoever when writing his part, as he’s literally commenting every five seconds, it’s a little bit overkill.
My favourite character is probably the criminal from the first Cats & Dogs movie, Mr. Tinkles. He has some great lines, and was generally hilarious in the few scenes he was in. I didn’t really feel myself emotionally connected to any of the characters. Granted, they are cats and dogs, but generally movies that use non-humans as main characters still manage to get the audience to bond with them.
The plot was expected and the script, whilst having some great lines, also had some terrible ones. Other than Mr. Tinkles, I think my favourite part of the movie was the opening credits. Ripped straight from the book of James Bond, a typical Bond orchestral-pop rendition (in this case of “Get the Party Started” by Pink. interesting choice, but it worked) played whilst a visually gripping and surreal Bond-esque title sequence was displayed. Adding to the Bond connection, Roger Moore had a minor voice role in the film as the head of good-guy feline spy agency “MEOWS”.
If you do choose to see Cats & Dogs at the cinema, don’t bother with the 3D version, Despicable Me made much better use of the technology. I’m not one of those who wants 3D movies to be gimmicky all the time for the sake of it, but I just got the feeling that you wouldn’t miss anything if you went to see it in 2D. On the plus side, the Roadrunner featurette that ran before the main movie was fantastic, it was great to finally see Wile E. Coyote get blown up in 3D :)