Movie Review: Zootopia *Spoilers Alert*

Zootopia
The Fox and The Hare

I missed out on this gem of a film when I chose to watch Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 instead. Both movies have their merits but this one certainly has more depth. Sorry, Po. I still love you, though.

Judy Hopps hates bullies especially those who belittle her dream of becoming the first bunny to be part of the police force. Nick Wilde also hates bullies and has spent most of his life conning other people like the cunning fox that he is. As the scriptwriters would have it, they meet and pair up to try to solve one of the biggest crimes in the history of Zootopia. In this day and age, if you want your movie to rake in the dollars, you have got to have a little bit of everything so that more people would want to watch it. This is where animation comes in handy because these kinds of films cater to both kids and adults.

Back to the story, it goes further beyond the character development of our protagonists. As they figure out how they’re supposed to progress in life, they also unveil a sinister plot to eliminate all predators. I was completely thrown off because I thought it was another case of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This time, though, it’s the sheep who’s been bad. But we are reminded of the old adage, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’

Well, that’s enough generalization and let’s get down to specifics, shall we? Here are my 5 favorite scenes from the movie:

1.) The Godfather

The children probably didn’t like it as much as the grown-ups did. But Disney referencing Don Corleone’s ‘family’ is a stroke of genius! It made me want to watch the film again.

2.) The Flash

If you liked Quicksilver’s scenes from X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, you might have enjoyed the brief appearance of Nick’s friend, Flash the sloth. It’s a parody of government institutions and, for Filipinos, it hits home hard. But the humour was great and you definitely felt for Judy.

3.) The Con

The first one at the ice cream store was good. However, Nick and Judy’s playacting at the museum really had me worried at first. I guess they got me and some of the audience.

4.) The Trial

Who among you thought of Mulan or G.I. Jane (or maybe both) when our bunny heroine was initially struggling at the police academy then turned things around to finish at the top of her class? Anyway, there’s nothing like this type of sequence to inspire you that you can achieve anything if you just set your mind to it.

5.) The Press Conference

This is probably my favorite part of the movie. My heart broke when Nick handed his filled-out application form to Judy before walking out on her. As a writer, I have learned to expect conflict when things are going well. But I was still affected by the unexpected wrinkle to their new friendship. Words are really powerful so be careful of how you talk to people. You never know how they will take what you said.

Finally, you have reached the end of this review. As always, your feedback is highly appreciated. You can leave your comments below. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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