Today was an excessively long day. My yearbook class had deadlines, I had to orchestra the filming of a pep rally, and I couldn’t shake the headache I got around 3 o’clock today. Nevertheless, the movie must be watched so my daughter and I went and saw Zootopia, which has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, at our local Regal Cinemas (not a sponsor…yet?).
Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a anthropomorphic bunny in a world where animals have evolved to enough to control their instincts; where prey and predator can live in harmony together. She has dreams to become the first bunny police officer at the big city Zootopia, but she has to earn the respect of her much larger peers.
The newest Disney film is star studded with Goodwin and Jason Bateman leading the cast with Idris Elba, Jenny Slate, Nate Torrence, Bonnie Hunt, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Alan Tudyk, Octavia Spencer, and Shakira. Hopps teams up with Nick Wilde (Bateman), a fox, on a case and their chemistry makes the movie fantastic.
It’s hard to decide which character is the best, but Jason’s usual charm finds its place well with the sly fox he is playing. The snarky humor makes for some of the best laugh out loud moments.
Nick takes Judy to the DMV which is completely ran by Sloths. It’s a classic joke about the speedy service one finds at the DMV, but with some nice moments that make the old joke feel welcome. Flash the Sloth is a great character for his time on screen and definitely works nicely with Nick’s humor.
The film has some deeper moments as well and isn’t strictly a comedy. A lot of the plot is an analogy for racism in the world we currently live in. The prey and predator dynamic definitely allows for this metaphor to work in a very organic way.
The film also features a crime story that is a little predictable in the overall sense, but holds some nice surprises as well. It’s told in a great way and had me captivated the entire time. There was enough curve balls to the usual story archetype that every time I thought I knew what was coming they altered the direction from which it came.
I’d been sold on seeing this film way back when I first heard that Jason Bateman was in it. After seeing it, I realized I had no idea what the movie was supposed to be about. Luckily, Zootopia is a Must See Film and is definitely approved by me and my daughter.