Ok, so Underdog is a kids movie, and no where near the same league of Ratatouille, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth going to see.
Of course, where as Ratatouille had plenty of sublime content for the adults, Underdog is purely a children’s movie, no real subtext apart form the occasional Spiderman and Superman references.
It’s predictable, cheesy, saccharine sweet, but most importantly, my kids absolutely loved it. They had a blast, repeating endlessly on the way home the mantra; Have no fear, Underdog is here.
So if you’re after some light candyfloss fun for the kids these school holidays, Underdog is the ticket. It’s not going to change the world, but it will give your children a new hero to believe in for a while.
It’s also a good old fashioned wholesome plot, with the modern day twist of single parenthood, reconciliation between a parent and a teenager, and lost respect regained.
Food for thought
If you give up on your children because it’s getting too hard to get through to them, what is the final lesson you’ve taught them?
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: PG – Contains violence.
Duration: 81 mins.
Genre: Adventure, Family.
Actors: Alex Neuberger, Jason Lee, Amy Adams, Patrick Warburton, James Bleushi, Peter Dinklage.
Director: Frederik Du Chau.
Release Date: 20 September 2007.