Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry (2021) movie review
Another feature film adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series following Tom, a cat, attempting to catch Jerry, a mouse, Tom and Jerry follows- well just that. Only this is the story of how they first meet! However when Jerry begins to inhabit a hotel, it is up to Chloe Grace Moretz, with the help of Tom, to catch Jerry before an important event at the hotel gets totally ruined. The film was released both in theaters and on HBO Max earlier this month to a generally poor reception from critics and audiences. Regardless, the film’s financial success at the US box office looks to help solidify the return of the theater. Because if it was one film that would get audiences back into theaters, it’s apparently Tom and Jerry…
In all fairness, this film wasn’t the worst. Granted I never watched Tom and Jerry growing up, to my standard of comparison is- every single movie like this. If you are a Tom and Jerry fan though, I feel like you might be very disappointed. Actually if you are anyone going into this with any sort of expectations you might be disappointed… But hey, if you want something to see, go into it blind and you’ll have a half-decent time!
So I feel like I need to get this out of the way, but Tom and Jerry was at its worst when it focused on Tom and Jerry. Sure it couldn’t be a complete film without them, but the two characters were generally dislikable, with Jerry especially causing major issues that kickstart the plot itself. On top of that, they never speak, the antics aren’t typically that amusing, and the hip-hop music their chases or fights or whatever are set to never works.
That said, the element I found most enjoyable was the talent that somehow manages to give this film their all in one way or another. Chloe Grace Moretz manages to overdue it, but she pulls it off surprisingly well thanks to a consistently enthusiastic performance for another occasionally dislikable character. Michael Pena puts in a similar effort, and while I’ve heard his performance compared to Tim Curry in Home Alone 2 (1992)- no that’s about right. Colin Jost is an interesting casting choice, but he lands most of the jokes he is given! And Rob Delaney is just hilarious! Honestly this isn’t a good movie, but I laughed at every single joke this guy is given! And you know what? Some of the jokes are pretty clever. Overall too, not just his.
Okay so I did laugh a lot, but in the end the film also doesn’t have that much of anything to say. Very few of the characters grow, which means we simply have a story loosely tied together through antics and jokes. So, you know, every single movie like this. So if you know what you are getting into, yeah it’s probably worth a few laughs if you already have HBO Max or you see it on a Tuesday. Otherwise, yeah it’s not worth rushing out to see. 5/10 for Rob Delaney. (And because this is easily a point better than Chaos Walking.)
So Tom and Jerry? Did you see it? What did you think? And what is your all-time favorite live-action/animation hybrid? No you cannot pick Rodger Rabbit. But you can let us know below! And if you liked this review and you’d like to read more like it, let us know what we should take on next!
-review by Ryan Prince