Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
What Kind of Pet Would You Prefer?
Cats and Dogs.........TOGETHER?!?
Oh my goodness...it seems a villain is on the loose. Forcing us to see the unthinkable. The unimaginable. Dare I even say it....a villain so powerful that cats and dogs must work....together! For those that didn't see the first movie, cats were portrayed as the pets bent on human slavery, while dogs were the only power standing in the cats' way of global domination. However, in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore", it seems not all cats are evil. In fact, it's revealed, in this movie, that the under secret agency called M.E.O.W.S., a group of undercover felines protect humanity from the tyranny of dogs. Now, that's not to say that the dogs are the bad guys in this movie either, as they're still the good guys too. No, they both secretly protect humanity from each other, with a few felines going rogue every now and then. Such is the case of Kitty Galore. Kitty Galore was once, one of M.E.O.W.S. top operatives, until one day a routine mission goes wrong. Causing her to lose all her hair, and to be cast away by her master. Now, bitter and forgotten, Kitty now seeks revenge against the humans, that she once protected. Hence, she launches a scheme so diabolical that it forces cats and dogs to join forces to stop her.
The story is a bit charming in it's simplicity, but it's tragically predictable. In fact, a five year old could predict how this story ends. However, the humor is light enough and the animals are cute, to where your kids will love it. As the story is pretty easy to follow, and the characters are very likable. Therefore, I'm sure your kids will love this movie. Heck, even I'll admit the humor in this movie is funny as well. Sure, the humor is kid friendly based, but that doesn't mean it's bad by any means. Adults will find this movie just as funny as children, as the humor content isn't so overly simplistic to where it'll insult your intelligence. I would probably say it has just the same amount of humor, as you'll find in any Disney kid film out there. If you know what I'm talking about, then that should give you a general idea.
Sadly, that still doesn't excuse the script and it's obvious flaws. Apart from being overly predictable and cliched ridden, it almost immediately rips off from the last movie. Where you have a rogue cat, that lives with an owner that likes to humiliate them, so they want to destroy all of mankind. They even have the audacity to contradict themselves too. For those who never saw the first film, the first "Cats & Dogs" movie did a great job masterfully tying in historical events to the movie, to explain the rivalry between cats and dogs. Explaining how in Egypt that mankind worshiped cats, and how it took the dogs to free mankind from their tyranny. Sure, the story was rather absurd and crude, but it was still highly entertaining, charming and even plausible in some ways. However, in the sequel, "Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore", they completely ignore that established part of the story and introduce the concept of there being good cats? Why was this necessary? Plus, they don't even bother to explain why there are good cats in the world, and why would they feel the need to protect humanity from the cruel tyranny of dogs? At least in the last movie, they did explain the dogs' side of the story, by tying it into historical events but in this new one, they just expect the audience to accept it without any need to explain. However, since this is a kid movie, I doubt seriously most people will even notice this...let alone even care, but it's worth noting.
Another thing that bothers me is the obvious type casting of the characters. One being the main protagonist, Diggs (voiced by James Marsden), being a egotistical male dog, who despises cats. And the female lead protagonist, Catherine (voiced by Christina Applegate), who's a sassy, smart mouthed, highly intelligent cat that somehow ends up becoming close to Diggs over time. Now, I know some of you might find this confusing why I'm mentioning this, but hear me out on this one. I don't know what everyone thinks about this but to me, it seems kind of too obvious that Hollywood would cast a girl to play a cat in a lead role, in this movie. While casting a dog as a male character. Why not the other way around? Seriously, aren't they going to become close friends anyway in the movie? Therefore, what difference would it make? However, I guess Hollywood has it in their minds that girls make much better cats than dogs, and men are more suited to dogs.
As far as the special effects go, they're pretty much everything you'd expect it to be. The special effects are good, so there's nothing wrong there. Although my only gripe about it would be that 3-D doesn't really seem necessary. Seriously, this movie didn't need to be in 3-D, as it does nothing to enhance the story at all. Other than to force poor parents to fork out a few extra bucks to see the film, so they're kids will be happy. Oh well. I guess that's capitalism for you.
Overall, I'm not going to go out on a limb and say "Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore" is a bad movie by any means. Although I wouldn't call it one of the best family films of the year either, as I would still highly recommend other movies like "Toy Story 3" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" over this. No, just an average decent one at best. Your kids will love it, along with various other people that love family films. Just don't expect to see a great film out of it.