Zootopia - Review

Zootopia is a fantastic commentary on the perils of discrimination in a modern society, as well as being an incredibly beautiful and creative animated film. 

Plot

Zootopia’s plot is one of its greatest strengths, in its creativity and originality. The journey of the main character, Judy Hopps, is the main through line. Her quest to become a cop in the Manhattan-like city of Zootopia is an entertaining draw, especially once it develops into something much bigger. No spoilers, but don’t be afraid to see this movie as an adult! It’s hilarious, smart, and knows how to manage emotions. This certainly isn’t Toy Story 3, but it does pack quite the emotional punch. Jason Bateman’s Nick Wilde, the fox, brings a great humor to the movie, one that couldn’t have been captured by any other actor. The plot also doubles as an inspired commentary on social discrimination. The parallels the movie draws between the prey/predator society the people of Zootopia live in and our own is an ingenious way to show how discriminatory our society really is.

Performances

Ginnifer Goodwin’s Judy Hopps is a great character, but she is made great by the inclusion of Jason Bateman’s Nick Wilde. The two characters have a fantastic chemistry, with Bateman bringing his trademark sarcasm and slickness in a fantastic way. Bateman also proves that he can play a PG role, and still bring just as much influence and hilarity to a character. The rest of the cast is also great, including J.K. Simmons, Idris Elba, Shakira, and Alan Tudyk. 

Style

Zootopia is one of the most gorgeous animated movies I have ever seen, and it is most evident when the scene is set in the city of Zootopia. From the largest Rhino to the smallest Gerbil, every character is beautifully realized. It amazes me how animation could look this good, and this constant. Even the smaller forrest regions are painstakingly detailed, down to every last leaf. 

Summary

Zootopia combines creative, visual, and storytelling genius together to make an incredible movie, as well as a poignant social commentary. 

Pros: Animation, Jason Bateman, offers a real message