Friday, March 4, 2016
Zootopia Review: A Charming, Creative and Complex Animalistic Adventure
Zootopia follows the story of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwiin): a optimistic bunny who is bent on becoming Zootopia's first Rabbit Police Officer. However, once getting to Zootopia, Judy living her dream is easier said then done; but opportunity presents itself to Judy when she takes up a missing animal case. In order to solve the mystery Judy enlists the help of the con-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman); and together this unlikely duo discovers a plot that shakes the very foundation of Zootopia.
When first glancing the plot behind Zootopia, I thought that this story was going to be fairly straightforward; and as it turns out-it was. The movie uses tropes seen in animated and family films a like; such as the protagonist proving everyone wrong and two unlikely characters becoming friends. To be fair the film does an exceptional job at uses these trends, but the use of familiar plot point does narrow the movie's storytelling. Yet as the story progresses into its final act, that is where Zootopia defines itself. What looked to be just another adventurous story turned out to be a captivating tale with complex themes like how society perceives individuals. Much to my surprise the story does not shy away from the idea of social issues and the it handles these themes in a grey matter that does not take away from Zootopia's more family friendly ideas. Along with its the movie's dynamic story structure was the creative ideas that made up the world of Zootopia. Concepts such as the city's foundation and the animals' evolution made for creative directions for the plot that only benefited Zootopia's overall presentation.
I was hoping that Zootopia would be good, but this animated feature exceeded my expectations. While factors like the story and characters were grounded in general movie tropes, the film uses these trends to the best of their abilities; and still manages to be charming, creative and even complex. While this animated film may not be Disney's most defining installment, Zootopia is still a dynamic feature that is quite fitting for both families and moviegoers.