HBO Max: Tom & Jerry

Jerry & Tom.

I’m not a big fan of Tom & Jerry as a franchise. The cartoons are a classic

Kayla Forester (Chloe Grace Moretz) cons her way into a temp job at the fancy Royal Gate Hotel for the big wedding between celebrities Preeta Mehta (Pallavi Sharda) and Ben (Colin Jost). Jerry shows up at the same time to make the hotel his new home and naturally hotel owner Henry Dubros (Rob Delaney) and manager Terrance Mendoza (Michael Pena) can’t have a mouse running around the hotel.

Since Tom and Jerry are both selfish assholes with a predilection for destroying property, the duo leave a path of destruction in their wake as they endlessly beat the crap out each other. Kayla meanwhile has a vested interest in the two not destroying the hotel, as her job rides on it.

Tom and Jerry are both voiced via archival footage from William Hanna and Mel Blanc. Bobby Cannavale plays the brutish Spike pretty well. There are also appearances by Ken Jeong playing his usual self absorbed personality as the head chef, Patsy Ferran as Joy, the bellhop who everyone thinks is weird but is really smart.

This Tom & Jerry lives in a world where all of the animals are CG and apparently vary widely in their intelligence and adherence to the laws of physics. The CG isn’t terrible but characters don’t fit in with the world at all. It’s not a problem with the CG itself but the celf-shading doesn’t integrate as well as it should and it looks even more out of place than say Space Jam all those years ago.

Chloe Moretz has fantastic eyebrows.

Ultimately this is a fun movie for people of all ages. If you have the luxury of an open movie theater in your state you should take your kids to see it. Otherwise it is nearly two hours to spend at home watching HBO Max for no additional cost.

Tom & Jerry isn’t a “must see” by any stretch of the imagination, but it is enjoyable.

Rating: A

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