Movie Review: Cats and Dogs 2 (2010)
Starring (voices by): James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Katt Williams, Bette Midler, Neil Patrick, Harris, Chris O’Donnell, and Jack McBrayer.
Directed by: Brad Peyton
Barking up the right tree
A vengeful feline, an over confident German Shepard, a spunky spy cat, and a hilarious pigeon with an African-American accent – put them together and you have a 3D sequel to Cats and Dogs. The movie takes off by introducing us to the arrogance of our ‘heroic’ lead dog, Diggs (voiced by James Marsden). The arrogance is however miscontructed to be bravery by the Canine Spy Agency and they recruit Diggs on an important mission, failing which, the entire dogkind would be in grave danger.
Diggs is paired with senior spy agent Butch (Nick Nolte) and together they set out to save the world from the aforementioned vengeful cat, Kitty Galore (Bette Midler), who vows revenge against dogs and humans alike using sophisticated and stolen gadgets. As the events unfold, they are joined in their quest by a feline, with an unimaginative name, CATherine (Christina Applegate) from MEOWS and a pigeon, Seamus (Katt Williams).
There is little connection to the prequel and the movie is decent enough on its own. Primarily meant for kids, Cats and Dogs 2 does guarantee ample chuckles for parents and other adult audiences, thanks to the witty dialogues and laugh-inducing references to other movies such The Silence of the Lambs, James Bond and romantic comedies in general. The 3D effect is quite mesmerising. However, the climax sequence which takes place at night is not comprehendible due to poor lighting. And the 3D glasses do not help. The premise and plot are simple enough and it they not even meant to be full of surprises. The movie is just a ride that you enjoy without giving much thought to the plot. It is a children’s flick, at the end of it.
Verdict: Do go along with your kid. And on your own if you don’t have one!
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