Monday, July 18, 2016

Zootopia (2016)

Zootopia is another Disney masterpiece of heart, humour, and spectacle. At the same time, it is also a social commentary on issues such as stereotypical discriminations and prejudice. The mastery of storytelling is in the fact that you can sympathize with almost every character.

I wanted to start this review with a few words about diversity in Hollywood - I'll leave that for another time. Just suffice to say that I managed to relate to many of the characters in this movie - not because there were any similarities between me and those characters' appearance, gender, race, sexual orientation, or political views. What I am trying to say is that if the characters are rich enough, you'll be able to connect with them, even when they do not resemble you in any shape or form. In other words, diversity for the sake of diversity is not necessary for audience engagement.

Going back to Zootopia; the animation and story are both top-notch. It is a buddy-cop comedy, with a layered noir detective story. These are complemented by a display of the intricacies of managing a society with diverse members - in case of Zootopia, predators and prey. The characters are developed so well that you can sympathize with almost every one of them. As they say, the best characters (whether they are protagonists or antagonists in the movie) are heroes in their own minds. In Zootopia, every character had a clear rationale, thus, one could understand what made them tick.

It's a must-watch, and for this, I'd give it a 10/10.

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