Review: The Bad Guys

THE BAD GUYS (2022)

A hilarious screenplay adapted from the book series of the same name, The Bad Guys is nonstop fun for the whole family that dazzles with unique animation and an excellent voice cast.

A criminal crew of animals led by Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell) may be at the end of their spree when they’re offered one last chance by Governor Diane Foxington (Zazie Beetz) to become good with the aid of Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade). The Bad Guys doesn’t break any new ground in terms of animation and storytelling, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t remarkable. Think Ocean’s 11 meets Zootopia peppered with a comedy and action that never lets up from the start. The talented voice cast elevates the entire project, from the aforementioned Rockwell, Beetz, and Ayoade to Marc Aaron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, and the hilarious Anthony Ramos. The animation is sharp, almost as if the graphic novels leapt off of the pages and onto the screen. It all just comes together so well.

Is The Bad Guys ridiculous goofy? Absolutely! But you’ll never have the chance to overanalyze the outing because it simply never lets up. At the end of the day, it’s simply a ton of fun from start to finish, entertaining for all ages (everyone was howling frequently in the theater). Most exciting is the debut of Pierre Perifel as director after having animated such memorable animated films as Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, and Shrek Forever After (to name a few). The Bad Guys brings a live action caper feel to the animated realm, a rather welcomed change from typical fair. Though parts of it are predictable, it’s never not satisfying. The Bad Guys is a pleasant surprise.

The Bad Guys hits theaters on April 22nd, 2022.

Rating: 4/5

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