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‘Tom & Jerry: The Movie’ – Review

‘Tom & Jerry: The Movie’ – Review

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School holidays are upon us and if you’re searching for a fun and friendly family film, that everyone will have fun with, then spending some time with those classic rascals, Tom and Jerry, in their brand new feature film Tom & Jerry: The Movie is a guaranteed great time out at the movies.

Tom and Jerry take their cat-and-mouse game to the big screen in a hilarious story of new friendships, outlandish physical comedy, and plenty of fun moments. 

Director Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Ride Along), brings his unique talent for crafting pleasing, easy-going cinema to the big screen in Tom & Jerry: The Movie, and he directly understands what this movie about and who he’s making it for. Tom & Jerry: The Movie is first and foremost a family film, and Story builds out a film that will appeal to both children, and their parents, with a mix of live-action/cartoon fun, and a set of jokes and slapstick humour that will appeal in equal parts to younger viewers, along with their parents. He explores the continual mischief that has long existed between Tom Cat and Jerry Mouse since the 1940s in a very contemporary setting, and these two sure do make a mess in the city of New York.

Stuck in the back and forth bickering is Chloë Grace Moretz as Kayla, a young woman desperate for a chance to prove herself in the big city and who gets a job at the luxurious Royal Gate Hotel, and more importantly a job and irresponsibility she’s long craved. She also has to contend with the shenanigans of Tom and Jerry, and this is where it gets fun for audiences. Grace Moretz’s role in Tom & Jerry: The Movie is a solid break away from her recent, more serious work, and with this role, she’s just able to let her hair down and have some fun. Grace Moretz fully embraces the whimsy and hilarity of the project and it’s fun to watch her interactions with these two trouble makers on the big screen.

Story keeps to the classic slapstick absurdity of the original cartoons, and there’s plenty of outlandish fun that will get the littlies laughing with this one, Whether it’s Tom’s over-the-top attempts to capture Jerry in the Royal Gate Hotel, or Jerry’s propensity to antagonise Tom, all of it is handled with the utmost fun by Story. But it’s not all laughs, and both Tom and Jerry have to go on a journey of personal development and actually work together to make the wishes of someone else’s dreams come true in the form of blushing bride-to-be Preeta (Pallavi Sharda) and that sometimes it’s better to be there for others than to focus on your own desires. It’s messages like this that make Tom & Jerry: The Movie a really great family film, and young audiences will take a lot away from it.

Parents who are seeking something fun and lighthearted to keep their kids entertained these school holidays will be very pleased with what’s on offer in Tom & Jerry: The Movie and this is a very sweet, and adorable family film that everyone will fall in love with. Our recommendation is to expect plenty of laughs and a great narrative about what friendship really means, and just sit back and enjoy the fun of this one, because there’s plenty to be had here in Tom & Jerry: The Movie.

Image: Warner Brothers Pictures