As a little kid, I remember well being at a relative’s house and witnessing two mice make themselves unapologetically known with their presence. They were affectionately referred to as Tom & Jerry and food would be left out for them to get their grub on. It was literally pure comedy. So was watching the famous animated duo on my Saturday morning cartoon run.
Now, 80 years later, Tim Story has brought them to the big screen in a hilarious live-action reboot of the iconic Hanna-Barbera classic animated comedy for Warner Brothers with Chloe Grace Moretz starring. However, this isn’t the first time we have seen them interact with humans on the large screen. Remember that a iconic duet dance number between Gene Kelly and Jerry in the 40’s movie musical Anchors Aweigh. What I appreciate most is that Story and his screenwriter Kevin Costello capture the energy and vibe of the original brand which initially will make audiences fall in love with this mischievous duo all over again.
One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner, Kayla (Chloe Grace Moretz) and to hire Tom to get rid of him. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them. Tom and Jerry’s new adventure stakes new ground for the iconic characters and forces them to eventually do the unthinkable… work together to save the day.
As a tech nerd, I could wholeheartedly appreciate the work and precision it took to pull off massive scenes like the hotel engagement party where our animated stars and elephants run rampant amongst a myriad mix of human and vibrant of color.
This is family entertainment at its finest inn 2021 and I was there for all of it. Who couldn’t stand a little joy and laughter these days? Tom & Jerry is the perfect prescription at the right time and massively entertaining experience for the entire family, where now a brand new generation gets to discover the joy we’ve known for decades.