O@tM: The Bad Guys

After a lifetime of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. To avoid a prison sentence, the animal outlaws must pull off their most challenging con yet — becoming model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dubious gang sets out to fool the world that they’re turning good.

Ok, this is your typical comedic heist movie. With plot twists you can see from a mile away and all the usual surprises. Just with anthropomorpic animals. And if it wasn’t so charming and the gang weren’t so well thought out characters, this would be a totally average animated movie.

But gladly the writers made the best from the old-old idea, just by infusing charme and giving those animals over the top human traits it was a pure joy to watch. If you know Orca you’ll know she can watch the most funny comedy with no twitch on her resting bitch face. Weirdly tho, The Bad Guys made me smile out loud a couple times. And that means something.

There is the great voice cast, Sam Rockwell, a badly underutilized Awkwafina, Zazie Beets, Richard Ayoade, and others who lifted this average movie into a higher league. And there were various butt and fart jokes, which is always a sure sign of quality, is it not?

The animation was on par with what you expect from modern trick films. Nothing special in the 2022 realm. And the best character was not the charming Mr. Wolf but, like in The Suicide Squad it was the Mr. Shark. I dunno what it is with sharks but it seems they underwent a total image make-over since Spielberg’s original shark tale Jaws from 1975.

CONCLUSION: The Bad Guys was not a great film but altogether very servicable and, most important, it didn’t bore me. Actually the pacing was, as mostly in animated movies, spot on and the filmmakers used every second of the 1:40 hours runtime to good effect. A fine watch for families on a rainy sunday afternoon.

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