So I just went and saw Zootopia with my little sister and holy shit was it really, really fucking good!
I saw the teaser trailer for this movie and I was actually almost dreading it. I saw all those animals walking around while the fox explained that they lived in an anthropomorphic world and I thought to myself, this narration is very bland and uninteresting. I dunno about this. Then I saw the Sloth trailer and good God was it funny. I saw it a few times actually and every time it left me breathless with laughter. So from that point on I figured that the movie might be okay. I went in expecting it to be at least decent but I didn't expect it to be any of what it actually was. I should have figured, in hindsight, that the recent stream of movies Disney has been putting out wouldn't be thrown on the screen so recklessly as to make a quick buck but even considering that I'm still astonished.
God damn Disney. I'm shocked by how good this movie was.
No spoilers as usual but I will mention for those who want to know that the social commentary behind this film deals with prejudice and racism as one of it's key defining story elements. It comes in rather early and while it is a little obvious for someone older going in they manage to talk about the issue in a really clever way. No species is a direct parallel to any existing race in the real world. Instead, the animals work off the prejudices and stereotypes of their own species due to the fact that they all live in harmony within a civilized society. Predators and Prey live together in harmony in Zootopia.
Well, I say harmony, but of course no nation anywhere in the world is perfect, and that's still true here. The commentary ushered in through the characters stands out as particularly impressive because not only do they work off of each other really well, but their individual dialogue and voice acting really sold them a lot harder as people with genuine points of interest and development to them. There's even a point in the movie where I swear to god I wanted so badly to know if it was possible to award an oscar winning performance to a CG animated bunny rabbit. I'm not kidding.
The world of this place is rich and vibrant. It's extremely colorful without being too overbearing and the set up for the way city works is actually one of the more creative cities I've ever seen. What's more is that it takes aims to accommodate certain animals for their size differences in a manner that makes sense. For example, the small rodent creatures have their own highway system the size of a bike trail that keeps them separated from regular traffic so that they naturally don't get run over. Stuff like that really helps to usher in an understanding about just how much thought they put into it.
The main thing behind the story that I thought was astonishingly impressive the most was the mystery. It works as a buddy cop movie all on it's own but what's actually happening within it is incredibly unpredictable for a kids movie. The way the mystery unveils itself throughout the movie makes it so that you increasingly don't have a clue what could actually be happening and what it leads you to believe is happening is some of the scariest and most devastating shit I've ever fathomed could have been the possible outcome. Rarely have I ever been so genuinely scared about the consequences of what was going to happen in a kids movie. Sure, there are times where I'm in suspense in a lot of kids movies but ultimately I know everything's going to turn out fine in the end. The balance this movie managed to walk with the twist it took left me seriously wondering how the fuck this was all going to resolve itself. The implications behind what was going on seriously worried the hell out of me and I couldn't get over how such an exciting, wonderful feeling that was.
I'm going to use the rating system from a movie site called "DoubleToasted.Com." if you want a more indepth review I highly suggest you check them out. The ratings work like this from good to bad: Full Price, Matinee, Rental, and Some Ol' Bull Shit. If the movie is an exceptionally perfect movie then it'll get a rating of Better Than Sex. If the movie is exceptionally terrible or offensively bad then it'll get a rating of FUCK YOU!
This movie is a HIGH Full Price! On the cusp of just being Better Than Sex. Go see it. PLEASE, go see it. I hope this movie is a hit. It deserves it, so, so much.
Rating: High Full Price!