Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Guardian Brothers (2016) - Through the Eyes of Cat

Number Rolled: 331
Movie Name/Year: The Guardian Brothers (2016)
Tagline: None
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Length: 103 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: Light Chaser Animation Studios, The Weinstein Company
Producers: Michael Lappin, Zhou Yu
Director: Gary Wang
Writers: Dan Edelstein, Terrence Stone, Gary Wang
Actors: Mike Birbiglia, Mel Brooks, Dan Fogler, Steve French, Nicole Kidma, Raymond J. Lee, Edward Norton, Cristina Pucelli, Meryl Streep, Bella Thorne, Bruce Winant, Perry Yung
Stunt Doubles: None

Blurb from NetflixWhen a Chinese family's soup shop is targeted for sabotage by a competitor, two guardians from the spirit world leave retirement to protect them.

Cat’s Point of View:

At the outset, The Guardian Brothers looked cute and like it would be a lot of fun. I wish that I could say that it managed something more than solid mediocrity.

I wanted so much for this movie to knock my socks off.  The star power of the cast was undeniable. I’ve been a fan of Mel Brooks’ (Spaceballs: The Animated Series,. Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Leap!) irreverent sense of humor. Nicole Kidman (Australia, The Railway Man, Lion) is the very epitome of elegance and grace. When lending only voices to actors’ roles, though, it has to be a right match or the animated characters just don’t pop.

Unfortunately, that was largely the case for me. I just couldn’t reconcile Edward Norton’s (The Painted Veil, Moonrise Kingdom, Collateral Beauty) voice with the character of Yu Lei. It was something that bugged me through the whole movie – no matter how hard I tried to get past it.
I did, however, enjoy Meryl Streep (Ricki and the Flash, Into the Woods, The Post) as the Narrator and Dan Fogler (The Goldbergs, Scenic Route, Europa Report) voicing Shen Tu.

The story was interesting. I liked the glimpse into another culture and I could see where it tied into the shared spiritual landscape as the likes of Mulan (1998). It was just missing something that would take it to that next level. It’s not even that it wasn’t a ‘mouse house’ movie. Everything just keeps falling back to Norton’s voice. Don’t get me wrong – his performance wasn’t bad. It just didn’t fit the images on the screen for me.

All in all, this is a movie that would be ideal to watch with younger kids. They might get more of a kick out of it without overthinking everything else.

Speech Available: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish,
Subtitles Available: English [CC], French, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 27%
Metascore - None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – 5.4/10

Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 2.5/5

Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: PG

Movie Trailer:

1 comment:

  1. This seems to be a cute movie and it has been a very long time since I last watched this movie. I must add this to my list because my watch list is empty now. I just exhausted all the shows and episodes by Andy Yeatman and therefore, I am bored and would like to watch anything for now.