May 25, 2016

Zootopia | The corny movie review by Navin

Zootopia!
Walt Disney has always given us movies that are timeless. So whether it was Toy Story, Wall-E, Cars or Maleficient, when you walk into a theater to watch a Disney movie, you can be sure to walk out with a lot of admiration (if you are an adult) and an epiphany (if you are a child). 


Zootopia is about how new recruit Officer Judy Hopps stumbles upon a larger conspiracy by people she never suspected. Zootopia (a play on the word - Utopia) is sprawling life-life metropolis that has separate habitats for different ecosystems. 

If this movie tells us something, it is this - there are no superheroes. What matters is how we put our prejudices aside and rise to the occasion. Without giving away the story, I can say Zootopia does not have a completely original story and as you watch the movie, you begin to remember bits and pieces of many other movies that had the same premise and plots. Nonetheless, Zootopia is wonderfully made animated movie that deserves better sequels. 

Like Inside Out, a lot of thought has gone into this animated extravaganza, yet sometimes, I felt the pace lagged behind. 
Spoiler Alert: The scene at the DMV was hilarious for the first 10 seconds. Overall, the pace of the movie appeared to pick up only after the first 'bust' and when Officer Hopps puts her papers down. 
Like Cars and Planes, Zootopia humanizes animals. Many of the characters are stereotype-casted and easy for young kids to digest and laugh. 

Would I recommend it? Sure. Zootopia is primarily aimed towards kids judging by how 'simplistic' much of the storyline is. It's a great movie to watch once. There aren't any pathbreaking things to talk about Zootopia but it is a great movie, in that there is a moral to learn - Like real life earth, Zootopia, is a place where 'no matter what you are, you can be anything you want to be'.

My rating: 8

What does the rating mean? 
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theater.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.
8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience
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