Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, Krypto must master his powers for a rescue mission afer Superman is kidnapped.
THE GOOD STUFF
FLAT OUT COMEDY- So these days, I do feel that the goal of any big-time CGI animated feature film is to entertain kids and adults alike. This is not something that is often done. Pixar films, for example, usually choose to side with entertaining kids at the expense of the adults that brought them to the theater, in my opinion.
(I don’t know how many conversations I’ve had with parents who would instead step bare feet on broken glass than listen to another track from MOANA, ENCANTO, or FROZEN)
Once in a blue moon, these uncommon family films come along that are visually appealing enough for the youngsters, AND has a script smart enough with little tiny inside jokes to make any parent that’s paying attention laugh out loud, and more than once. This here is one of those films. Even the visual gags during the action sequences work. Bravissimo.
Kate McKinnon– At this point you’d probably have to live in a cave to not know that Kate McKinnon is one of the most consistently funny comedic talents working today. If one is an avid watcher of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, you’ll find that her performances tend to stand out no matter what cast member/host she’s performing next to. That being said, this is a stacked cast of talented comedic, and yet this is really her movie.
Ask any fan of hers if the role of a adorable, hairless, pink guinea pig who likes to get her nails done and is trained by Lex Luthor of all people to take over the world is right in her wheelhouse… I’m pretty sure the answer to that would be a yes, and they would be correct on that.
THE BAD STUFF
Casting– Maybe it’s a me thing, but I don’t understand why you need to get so many A-list talents to be in a movie like this, only to not use them well. I guess it’s pretty easy to make promotional material around this. Drivingiving around a city like Los Angeles, I see the point of having famous names next to animated versions of popular superheroes on a billboard. But when it comes down to the movie itself, there’s a lot of wasted talent all over the place. There are maybe six individuals in this whole cast that have speaking roles at length and the rest are cameos. A lot of cameos. It feels like an utter waste of talent on display.
THE UGLY STUFF
Dwayne Johnson– The Rock’s voice over performance, and the character that he is voicing are painfully boring. Of all the actors in this movie, Dwayne Johnson sounds like he is reading directly from a piece of paper with every single solitary line he utters. It’s so bizarre because the one thing you can say about The Rock over the course of his filmography is that he at least has comedic chemistry with everybody he’s co-starred with on screen at least when it comes down to his live action films(Except Zac Efron in BAYWATCH. That didn’t work.).
I don’t know. Maybe it’s boring by design. He is playing the pet of the most op and boring superhero in the history of the F****** planet.
But I digress.
This movie overachieves by a lot. I feel that if you’re a parent and this movie is the movie for which your child chooses to watch 40 times you’ll get pleasantly surprised at how much of a good time you will have at least for the first 10 or so viewings. I do feel that it’s important to re-emphasize that a lot of non-disney, non-musical animated films have that particular goal in mind. And this one achieves that goal for sure.
DC’s league of super–pets is in theaters now