What do you do when the James Bond feature film acting is so bad, you must seek counter-espionage help elsewhere? You call on Dogs to the rescue, of course. And cats. Yes, I said it. Cats have to work together with Dogs in this situation. And not a moment too soon! Sure, the humans in this cute, but thespian-deprived film lack acting skill, too. But not to worry. Their furry and feathered (there is a pidgeon of heroic, albeit stupid proportions in this flick) counterparts more than make up for their lack of comedic timing and script-awareness.
While Tinkles, the arch-nemesis of the first Cats and Dogs film, sits shackled deep in the bowels of Alcatraz (I bet you didn’t know that the most evil cats are kept there to this day, didn’t you?), a new villain has risen to the fore: Kitty Galore. Yes, I know. It rhymes. Catchy, don’tcha think? Kitty Galore is a female kitty who is embittered over having lost all her hair and friends in an altercation with a certain canine nemesis. Alas, she is out for revenge, seeking to turn Dogs against humans, and then to enslave all of humankind. Muahahahahahaeow. The “eow” is my invention. Fitting, wouldn’t you agree?
On the positive side, this sequel is better than its predecessor in many respects, including some of the comedic elements. It is equal with regard to its acting prowess, which isn’t saying much, if you know what I mean. I do not like the Kitty Galore villain as much as I enjoyed Tinkles. Indeed, the cameo performance by Tinkles stole the show. His performance alone is worth the price of admission. The rest is just a necessary evil. Maybe it is because Kitty Galore looks evil, what with being a cat with no hair and all. Tinkles is just so darn huggably cute, yet diabolically maniacal at the same time.
There is one scene that has redeeming value in the film. It occurs when Diggs, the failed German shepherd police dog, states his mistrust for anyone, given that he has been in and out of kennels with no one to stick up for him. Enlisted into the Dog spec ops forces, he fails at first there too. He simply will not listen to anyone else, trusting only his own instincts. Interestingly, this is not so far off as far as German Shepherds which are improperly bred and raised are concerned. Nevertheless, it took a cat to point this out to him, and to state that by not trusting anyone else, he is not allowing anyone else to help him. This is a transformative life lesson which hopefully hits home for those who view the film. It has important ramifications for both children and parents, as well as church leaders.
Thus, I went to the film expecting cheesey entertainment and I was not disappointed. What I did not expect is a thought-provoking moment of reflection concerning the deeper areas of my heart. Wonders never cease concerning what God will use to get our attention.
Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is rated PG for animal humor and action. Children 6 and older should be fine in most cases. However, a better alternative might be to take your own dog outside to play fetch. That way you can still laugh and have fun while not having to endure the stretches of poor acting. Yet if you must go, just know that Tinkles the cat will provide enough comedic relief to make the experience somewhat endurable.