Movie Review: Zootopia

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Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) is on the case in Disney’s latest animated classic “Zootopia”

For the past six years of being a movie buff, I have seen a lot of movies that surprised the hell out of me. Zootopia, the latest animated film from Disney, is no exception. With a plot that might sound like a corporate sellout, it actually dodges that aspects to give everything for kids and adults alike.

Since she was a kid, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) has the dream of becoming the first rabbit to join the Zootopia Police Department, led by Chief Bogo–a bull (Idris Elba). She proves that she can do anything, not just live and work on her parents’ (Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake) farm. She graduates from police academy and enters Zootopia, a metropolis where animals–both big and small–live and flourish. There are also owned-businesses, advertising, vehicles, a lion mayor (J.K. Simmons) and laws.

Judy is having a rough time fitting into this new lifestyle. She learns about a case involving civilians unexpectedly disappearing. Along with a fox con artist Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), she jumps on the case while encountering some furry situations along the way including a stop at a DMV run by sloths (one of the funniest scenes in the movie).

We live in a modern, industrialized society where prejudice has occurred since the Civil War. No matter what color our skin is or what ethnicity we belong to, we are meant to be created equal. That’s the brilliance of Zootopia. Despite being predator and prey, Nick and Judy begin to overcome their prejudices towards one another to work together.

While tackling the serious issue of stereotypes, Zootopia has a perfect blend of humor, mystery, suspense, and pure emotion. It pokes fun at pop culture. I walked out of the theater with a huge smile on my face. Kudos to the movie adding a nod to The Godfather.

4/4

2015 Summer Movie Review: The Gift

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are about to face their worst nightmare in Joel Edgerton's directorial debut "The Gift"

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are about to face their worst nightmare in Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut “The Gift”

There have been a few movies that surprised me this summer. Then, The Gift, one of the greatest movies Alfred Hitchcock never made, came along. And my expectations threw right out of the window.

Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn are a happy couple who moved into a nice house near Los Angeles. One day, they get an unexpected visitor. Gordo (Joel Edgerton), who used to go to high school with Simon, gives them a series of nice gifts such as wine and fish to put in their pond. However, they begin to face their worst nightmare as they learn more about Gordo.

For his directorial debut, Joel Edgerton gives one heluva thrill-ride.¬†With a slow build-up, it leads to one shocking payoff. I hope he directs more movies because I love his style. It’s unnerving, unpredictable, and engaging in every way. He makes one creepy stalker. I’m surprised with Jason Bateman not playing himself for a change.

4/4