Tom & Jerry's ongoing feud jeopardizes a newly hired hotel clerk's
chances of impressing her boss by organizing a celebrity wedding.
Tom & Jerry (2021)
Directed by Tim Story
Written by Kevin Costello
Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney,
Pallavi Sharda, Colin Jost, Jordan Bolger, Bobby Cannavale,
Patsy Ferran, Ken Jeong
Based on characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Feels like it's been a very long time since Tom and Jerry graced the silver screen. I remember the '92 movie where they spoke for the first time, and thinking that was the coolest thing ever when I was a kid. Now, with this new, hip Tom & Jerry movie, I can remember that Spike the dog took a giant shit offscreen twice, and really disturbed Michael Peña's character. That's my way of saying this movie was really bad, and the bar was not set very high for a Tom & Jerry reboot. There are so many direct-to-DVD films about them having fantastical adventures in space, with magic, and all sorts of stuff. Why the writers decided to put them in New York City and sabotage a celebrity wedding is beyond me.
The film opens with a gaggle of rapping pigeons, which should've been a big sign that this was going to be completely out of touch. All the references and gags feel like this was made in 2007. It's pretty ridiculous at times. The whole story is so stupidly safe that there are virtually no exciting moments. And I know this is a kids movie, but that's no excuse. Kids movies can be very exciting and risky. Disney and Pixar do it all the time.
It has not been an easy time for Hanna-Barbera remakes in the past decade. From Yogi Bear to Scoob! and now Tom & Jerry, for some reason, these just don't work for a modern audience. They're trying too hard to adapt these characters to current times, when instead they should be celebrating what made these characters fun to watch in the first place.