DC League of Super-Pets New film mixes classic with new characters to create an action-packed film
– Movie Review – By FREDERICK HARRELL The Dallas Examiner Warner Bro’s DC League of Super-Pets is an animated superhero comedy/action movie that features the voice actors of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin [...] The post DC League of Super-Pets New film mixes classic with new characters to create an action-packed film appeared first on Dallas Examiner.
– Movie Review –
By FREDERICK HARRELL
The Dallas Examiner
Warner Bro’s DC League of Super-Pets is an animated superhero comedy/action movie that features the voice actors of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, John Krasinski, Keanu Reeves, Vanessa Bayer and Kate McKinnon, to name a few. The movie’s premise follows Superman and Krypto the Super-dog’s alternate origin story of them as best friends sent to earth before their home planet is destroyed.
As the story quickly progresses to current times, Superman and Krypto are a crime-fighting inseparable duo living an everyday life in the city of Metropolis. Things go awry when Superman and members of the Justice League are captured, banished from the city, and held captive by Lex Luthor and the likes of his pet minion Lulu. Krypto must join forces with Ace the Bat-hound and other quirky shelter animals to rescue the Justice League and save the day.
As a comic book fan of both DC and Marvel properties, there is nothing more exciting than seeing various teams come together in an animated project. This film, although not the most popular group of heroes in the comics, has potential to be an entertaining and formidable clique of super enhanced pets. Warner Bro’s did a pretty good job of keeping Krypto and Superman’s origin story pure and that helped the audience connect with the two heroes’ bond.
Keep in mind that superhero movies that are comic book accurate are a thing of the past. Instead, these movies use the comics as source material while curating a brand-new idea. In this film, we find that Krypto, Ace, Chip and Merton are playing the same roles they have played in the comics all these years, while PB, Lulu, Keith and Mark will take on a modern twist that will make them more suitable for their super counterparts. This is an interesting take that makes the movie flow much better for children and first-time viewers who are not familiar with the superhero team.
The story line provides entertainment for adults as well as children. The movie introduces Superman’s predicted love interest, Lois Lane, who causes unintentional tension with Krypto.
The progression of the film is decent enough to hold a child’s attention. For viewers over the age of 18, it depends on how much they like cartoons. However, there is some more mature content in the occasional witty metaphors and bleeped out curse words throughout the film – watch out for Merton. Although some parents may not approve of such action in a movie targeting children, I believe it is a good ploy to keep the adults entertained.
DC League of Super-Pets is a fun, out-going, action-packed, bright comedy that brings an all-star cast together to mesh and create an experience with the all-star superhero team. The film rides a cool line between animation, comic books and semi-heartfelt moments. Although this experience seems mighty, the movie is far from perfect. There were a few moments that lost my engagement with the plot that made me drift off into space, but I was quickly brought back into the fray when the action picked up again.
The heavy cast – with all of their accomplishments in film and television – could pull anyone’s attention into the movie just off their names alone. However, Hart’s monotone voice as the co-star brings less conviction and makes the story less captivating. Otherwise, the movie is everything you would expect out of an animated origin story of pet heroes: established hero arc, action, fun dialogue, villains, evil plans, villain gets advantage, heroes’ band together to save the day, heroes fix problems and then heroes stumble across a new issue that sets up sequel.
This movie was released in theatres on July 29 and is rated PG.
I give this movie a strong 3 out of 5 stars.
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