Film Review: Spy Cat

German-Belgian animated feature Spy Cat is a suitably entertaining adventure. The film may prove more captivating to young children than to adults. 

House cat Marnie lives a pampered existence. When she is sent away by her owner’s brother, Marnie teams up with a band of misfits to try and foil robbers who have been plaguing the town…

Directed and written by Christoph Lauenstein and Wolfgang Lauenstein (with co-writer Jesper Møller), Spy Cat has an appealing premise. Loosely based on the Brothers Grimm’s Town Musicians of Bremen, the tale has been given a contemporary update and a fleshed out narrative.

A detective fiction-obsessed cat who thinks she is going to solve a case is a decent hook. It is a shame that Spy Cat does not stick with this offbeat idea, as a noir mystery would have been a really fun direction to take the narrative. Instead, the filmmakers opt for a more orthodox approach, focusing on Marnie and the gangs attempts to clear their names and catch the real culprits. The film focuses on adventure tropes, with the four main characters going on a physical and spiritual journey. The narrative is accessible enough for young viewers to follow, although older audiences may find it a little too predictable.

Spy Cat is lightly amusing, but rarely laugh-out-loud funny. Marnie is a likeable protagonist. Although the character comes from a spoiled background, she is endearing in her interactions with her new friends as well as her tenacious attitude. Some of the film’s dialogue is hackneyed, but this is unlikely to be a problem for the target demographic. Spy Cat‘s animation is suitably appealing. The film contrasts styles, with the fur detail diverging from the broad human faces.

Spy Cat is not particularly memorable, but young viewers will most likely find the film an enjoyable adventure.

Spy Cat will be released exclusively at Vue Cinemas in the UK from 26th April 2019.

Previews: Pet Sematary Clip, Long Shot, More!

Plenty of film-related goodness in this preview of coming attractions, including a new Pet Sematary clip, Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, Thunder Road and more…

Pet Sematary Clip

Here is a new Pet Sematary clip. The upcoming film is an adaption of the Stephen King novel, which was previously brought to the silver screen in 1989. This new adaptation stars Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz who relocate to rural Maine with their young children. Pet Sematary hits the big screen on 4th April 2019.

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood Poster

Here is the brand new poster for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood. The film is set in 1969, and focuses on a television star and his stunt double around the time of the Manson murders. The film features an enviable ensemble cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, and Al Pacino. One Upon a Time in… Hollywood is set for release on 14th August 2019.

Thunder Road Trailer

Thunder Road, which has been a critical hit at festivals so far, gets a UK release. The film is written and directed by and stars Jim Cummings. Thunder Road is a dark comedy about a police officer who suffers a breakdown following his divorce. The film will be released in UK cinemas on 31st May 2019.

Long Shot Trailer

Long Shot is the latest film from director Jonathan Levine (The Night Before, 50/50). The film is about a journalist who is reunited with his first crush, an accomplished diplomat who is making a run for the presidency. Starring Charlize Theron, Seth Rogan, and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Long Shot hits UK screens on 3rd May 2019.

Spy Cat Trailer

What is this? A film about a special agent cat certainly ticks the boxes! Spy Cat is an adventure comedy about a house cat who must team up with a band of drifters when she is abandoned at a rural petrol station. Spy Cat will exclusively be screened at Vue Cinemas from 26th April 2019.