Every now and then a film will come along that is so silly it throws away all film logic and taste. Despite the sensible, Brandy drinking film critic in your head you just have to like and admire it.
Cats & Dogs is one of those films that despite its silliness leaves you with a warn and goofy feeling. The film dramatises the eternal feud between man's best friends and our feline companions. Add in celebrity voices, animal CGI and Bond style espionage you have a riot of a film.
The story is an overdone and dramatisation of the classic dog/cat feud. Instead of claw fights and hissing the characters have been given espionage gadgets and human characteristics. This is in no way a film to be taken seriously, as it is clear it does not take itself that way. If you can switch off the logic and sense buttons for just a while the film is pure fun. The made up history, the cute animals, the one liners mean there is enough humour for everyone.
The film also constantly references popular culture, from the obvious James Bond to a spliced in Matrix nod. This again adds to the film humour and gives the audience something to watch out for.
The voice cast is lead by Toby Maguire as young pup Lou. Maguire is not known for his comic talents on or off the screen but as Lou he delivers the pups enthusiasm and playfulness. Mixing funny one liners with more heartfelt interactions with his human family Mcguire's never been cuter on screen.
Alec Baldwin continues to prove he can be epic in any sized role with his turn as Butch. Leader of the Brody operation and Lou's mentor, he is funny with brilliant comic timing.
Despite the two previous actors impressive turns the film is stolen by one character, antagonist Mr Tinkles. Voiced by Sean Hayes, Mr Tinkles is a fluffy white cat with a desire for world domination. His cute exterior is contrast with his hilariously evil persona which Hayes clearly loves playing. Funny and sarcastic he's a villain you cannot help but love.
By no means a great overall film but for a bit of silliness this is superb. A good voice cast and humour lift this film into the realm of guilty pleasures. I challenge anyone to keep a straight face as Mr Tinkles gets his ultimate comeuppance.
And for all us dog lovers it proves our point that despite some being nice there is something very suspicious about cats,,,