Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore

"Weak"

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore Review


Things have been ramped up considerably in the nine years since Cats & Dogs, and it's not good news. This film is more of a full-on spy spoof, but unlike the original it's too talky and chaotic to engage with either kids or adults.

Diggs (voiced by Marsden) is a brave but impulsive K-9 cop sacked from the San Francisco police force but recruited by the top-secret dog intelligence agency to work with veteran Butch (Nolte) to stop the menacing Kitty Galore (Midler) from taking over the world. But the cats aren't happy with Kitty's evil plan either, so feline spy Catherine (Applegate) teams up with the dogs. Yes, dogs and cats working together! Of course, Diggs' human partner (O'Donnell) and Kitty's magician owner (McBrayer) are oblivious.

The film kicks off with considerable promise as early scenes are packed with smart puns and witty sight gags. But once the plot cranks up, the incessant dialog gets increasingly irritating as it describes in aching detail everything that's going on. This completely sucks the energy out of the film; even though it's fast and frenetic, nothing much is actually happening on-screen. And when an action set piece does come along, the direction and editing are incoherent and uninspired.

There's also the problem that most of the cats are animated this time. The juxtaposition of real animals is part of what made the first film so charming, but this one feels more controlled from the beginning. It's also much more interested in spoofing other movies, from gadget-heavy Bond adventures (including Moore as the voice of the top cat) to the appearance of the previous film's villain Mr Tinkles (Hayes) in Hannibal Lecter mode.

Actually, the best bits are the random asides that seem to exist in the film's margins, including one scene in the catnip haze of an Oakland cat lady's house.

On the other hand, the chatty sidekick pigeon (Williams) is just another annoying variation on Shrek's Donkey. But what really sinks the film is the fact that, while there are moments of inspired silliness, it's just not very much fun.



Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore

Facts and Figures

Genre: Kids/Family

Run time: 82 mins

In Theaters: Friday 30th July 2010

Box Office USA: $43.6M

Budget: $85M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Village Roadshow Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 14%
Fresh: 13 Rotten: 83

IMDB: 4.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Polly Cohen Johnsen,

Starring: as Diggs (voice), as Butch (voice), as Catherine (voice), as Kitty Galore (voice), as Jackie (voice)

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The kill-or-die scenario that this movie hinges on isn't something new; it's been used in...

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

With the more dumbed-down title Fast & Furious 8 outside of North America, this overcrowded...

Advertisement
A Quiet Passion Movie Review

A Quiet Passion Movie Review

British writer-director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea) is an expert at digging beneath the...

The Sense of an Ending Movie Review

The Sense of an Ending Movie Review

Julian Barnes' Booker Prize-winning novel is adapted into a remarkably intelligent, gently involving film anchored...

The Boss Baby Movie Review

The Boss Baby Movie Review

There isn't a lot of subtlety in this madcap animated comedy, which is more aimed...

City of Tiny Lights Movie Review

City of Tiny Lights Movie Review

After the latest incarnation of Dredd, director Pete Travis shifts gears drastically for this complex...

Going in Style Movie Review

Going in Style Movie Review

This is only technically a remake of the iconic 1979 film starring movie icons George...

Graduation Movie Review

Graduation Movie Review

Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) recounts another staggeringly detailed...

Ghost in the Shell Movie Review

Ghost in the Shell Movie Review

This sci-fi thriller is so visually stunning that it deserves to be mentioned in the...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.