Film review: Tom and Jerry

The best of enemies and the worst of friends.

I was intrigued to see how Tom and Jerry would be portrayed in a feature film in 2021.

The film begins, as expected, with our old friends Tom and Jerry, who are accurately described as “the best of enemies and the worst of friends”, up to their cat-and-mouse antics.

They intersect with Kayla, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, a young woman who is trying to kick-start her career but can’t seem to get her foot in the door. Kayla creates an opportunity for herself and secures a temporary position at the prestigious Royal Gate Hotel where she will be working exclusively on a high-profile wedding. But the hotel has a rodent issue. Jerry who has made the Royal Gate Hotel his primary place of residence. Kayla volunteers to take care of the “issue” to prove her abilities and hopefully secure a permanent position. However, Jerry is not your “normal” mouse and traditional extermination methods are unsuccessful, so Kayla works in cahoots with Tom, who is more than happy to see the mouse gone.

The film is a mixture of live-action and animation which, to be honest, made me cringe when real items worth tens of thousands of dollars were destroyed – it is a very different experience watching Tom and Jerry as an adult. 

My sidekicks for the day included my five-year-old daughter along with by six- and 10-year-old nephew and niece who are all biracial. The standout for them was the Indian wedding which they were blown away by and excited to see on the big screen. 

The highlight for me was the mixed-race cast, particularly Australian film actress of Indian ancestry, Pallavi Sharda, who play Preeta the bride. 

A great outing for the whole family.

3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Tom and Jerry is in cinemas 1 April, 2021

Classification: G

Director: Tim Story

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Ken Jeong, Michael Peña, Rob Delaney, Colin Jost