Adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera property, which reveals how Tom and Jerry first meet and form their rivalry.
I was more than a bit skeptical when I heard about a big screen update featuring everyone’s favorite cartoon cat and mouse, but I’m happy to report that Tim Story’s Tom and Jerry is an unexpected delight, a rollicking live-action, animated hybrid that delivers laugh-out-loud moments sprinkled throughout a likable story about a winning young woman who finds her footing thanks to a certain rodent/feline duo. Chloe Grace Moretz is Kayla, a directionless woman who, through luck and pluck, is hired as an events coordinator at a five-star Manhattan hotel. Her first assignment is to coordinate a huge celebrity wedding and while Tom and Jerry, who are eager to live in these upscale digs, set out to help her, they wind up creating one disaster after another. The slapstick humor is inventive and genuinely funny, while Story makes sure to include many allusions to the characters’ history. Moretz is more than game and enthusiastically sells every scene she’s in, treating her animated co-stars as if they were flesh and blood to great effect. A wonderful surprise that’s sure to entertain all ages. 3 Stars – Rated PG – 101 minutes. Available on HBO Max and in theaters.