The combination of live action and animation is well done, though it’s certainly no Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the pair’s frequent battles are generally more destructive & loud than creative or funny. Neither Tom nor Jerry display any distinctive personalities, either. This could be a clash between any cat and mouse. The live actors don’t fare any better. Moretz isn’t required to do much but act snarky and brash, while Peňa is wasted in a thankless role, tasked with simply being an uptight antagonist. Why is a guy this naturally funny regulated to a befuddled straight-man?
Frozen II never reaches the heights of the first film. The plot – Elsa trying to save Arendelle by reconciling with the Enchanted Forest’s Northuldra tribe – is murkier.
The Lion King is obviously intended for those who enjoy paying to have their cars detailed: It’s still the same old vehicle, but for a brief time, you feel like you’re driving a shiny new set o’ wheels.
The acting was pretty par for the course for a movie of this type. The lone standout to me was the performance of Isabela Moner as Dora. This young actress really carried the show.
It’s populated with unconventionally-rendered, wildly-exaggerated characters that wouldn’t look good on a cereal box.
The story is nearly a beat for beat, scene for scene remake, even more so than Aladdin earlier this year. Like Aladdin, Lion King makes a few (much smaller) changes from the animated original, but here they are often either not enough or not for the better (as with Aladdin). It is so similar in fact, that halfway through I asked myself why was this even made?