REVIEW: The Lady and the Tramp

I have a ton of free time on my hands lately, so of course I’ve been spending it well: by watching a ton of movies on Prime, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and Disney Plus.

Okay, I’ve seen a lot of negative reviews about Disney’s live action “The Lady and the Tramp,” but guys! It’s actually not that bad. The story follows really close to the original animated film we all know and love.

So, the film tells of the romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel and a streetwise downtown mutt. Lady, our fancy-girl, is voiced by the talented Tessa Thompson. She’s raised by two humans she calls Jim Dear (Thomas Mann) and Darling (Kiersey Clemons).

You know, speaking of her humans, I am really weirded out that they don’t ever refer to each other by any other name. Lady has to be a few years old by the time of the main plot. Is the movie really telling me that Jim doesn’t call his wife by anything other than Darling?

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Moving on…so a dog catcher named Elliott (Adrian Martinez) is hunting down Tramp, voiced by Justin Theroux. I appreciate the absolute focus this man has on catching this one dog. Also, I’ve never seen a dog catcher in real life. I don’t know if that was just like a 50’s thing that died out or what, but they do not exist to me.

Anyways, Tramp ends up in the fancy neighborhood Lady lives in, and they meet. At this point, her humans had had a baby and they didn’t really take into account the dog. I mean, dogs are living beings, too. They have feelings and all that. You can’t go from giving one creature like all your attention and then suddenly…stop. Clearly Lady can understand them. They’re should have been a talk a long time ago. Then this whole movie could have been avoided.

After the kid is born, and Lady starts feeling abandoned (with Tramp’s words that “when the baby comes in, the dog goes out” still ringing in her head), she’s suddenly left home with the jerk Aunt Sarah (Yvette Nicole Brown). Aunt Sarah goes to muzzle her and then loses her on the street. Cause she’s a cat person and all cat lovers are evil. (Just kidding, I love cats).

So begins the journey of Tramp and Lady, in an attempt to bring the latter home. We get the iconic spaghetti and meatball scene. We get the classic rat scene. It’s all great. Love it.

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On top of the amazing talent I’ve already mentioned, we also have Sam Elliot voicing Trusty, Ashley Jensen voicing Jock and Ken Jeong playing the Doctor.

Okay, so why don’t people like this movie? I thought that it was just because people hate CGI. You can’t call a movie live action and then animate stuff. But, I mean they did use real dogs. You can’t have talking animals in real life. Just parrots, and they aren’t the easiest to work with. There were a few places where I was like yeah, there’s something wonky there. But, for the most part, it was fine.

You gotta remember, this movie was made for kids. It was remade FOR KIDS. It wasn’t made specifically to cater to people who enjoyed the 1955 classic. It was made so that kids TODAY can enjoy the story, too. I don’t think the kids are going to sit and nitpick all the animation errors and compare storylines.

As I’m writing this, I’m reading reviews on IMDb. From user jayroscoe, “Get woke, go broke. Why remake a classic? And make it worse in every way? I’m tired of the PC rewriting of history. Just stop appropriating White culture and come up with new material.”

I just gotta say, how are they going broke, when you watched the movie and therefore, are paying the company who made the movie…Also, again, you remake a classic for kids today who might not want to watch older movies, and so they can still enjoy the same things we enjoyed as kids.

So the “politically correct” rewriting that this user is talking about refers to Jim Dear and Darling – an interracial couple. Which, honestly I don’t know if it was intentional or if the cast director just picked the best people for the role. I tend to feel like it’s the latter for a lot of movies and shows, although I do recognize the integrated and internalized racism in Hollywood. I get it.

Also, a lot of people are mad that Aunt Sarah’s cats have been changed from Siamese cats to gray tabbies. Their song was also changed from “Siamese Cat song” to “What a Shame.” I can see why people are mad, but I can also see the other side of it.

Source: IMDb

This may not be the case, but maybe because the cats are seen as evil, they didn’t want to associate Asians as evil by using an Asian cat breed. Just maybe, I don’t know for sure. Another possibility is that maybe they just wanted to use a breed of cats that more people are familiar with.

That’s my theory, I don’t know for sure, but I do know that hating on a movie that was made for children just because it doesn’t cater to your needs is pretty ridiculous. There were also reviews about people mad that it was supposed to be re-imagined, but so little was changed. Yet so much was changed that it ruined the classic. It’s contradictory, and again ridiculous.

Let kids movies be for kids. If you don’t like it, maybe it’s because you’re not a kid anymore and not the intended audience.

I give it a 9/10 stars. Give it a watch and tell me what you think.

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