Poor cats, they can never catch a break.
Felines, too often maligned as conniving and sly, get no love in "The Wild Life", a tale that's inspired by Robinson Crusoe and perpetuates dangerous kitty stereotypes.
And that's the best part of the movie.
The story itself is thin - a castaway finds himself on a tiny island with no other human inhabitants, after a rough start, he befriends the local animals and all hell breaks loose when the killer kittens enter the picture. Kids might be amused, but adults will find the jokes weak, the narrative bleak and little to pass the time between animal chase scenes.
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"The Wild Life" looks pretty picture - the scenes are lovely and will, if even for a few minutes, whisk viewers away to the idyllic island overflowing with papayas and pineapples, waves lapping at the stony shore. (The treehouse Caruso and the critters manage to build is a sight to see, complete with plumbing and an impressive waterslide and takes glamping to an epic level.)
But the story lacks the depth to have you wishing you were there.
The film feels unnecessarily dark, particularly a scene involving the cats setting a deadly fire. And the drunken pirates, as well as the use of muskets, knives and exploding gunpowder in a few scenes, seemed gratuitous. In a time where we are plagued with news of gun violence, it seemed both unnecessary and jarring for younger viewers.
Overall younger kids who love to got to the movies will forgive the weak plot and silly jokes for the fast-paced chase scenes and sweeping ocean views, while parents will try not to get caught while checking their cellphones.Send a Letter to the Editor