Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank Review: A Meta Treat

Ten production companies, two distributors and three directors unite to bring to life a new animated martial arts comedy. Claws of Fury: The Legend of Hanko Set in a land full of cats. We follow a dog named Hank (Michael Cera), who is tasked with preserving this land as his new samurai. what just appeared as a rip-off Kung Fu Panda Panda and Dragon Warriors ended up as a surprisingly fun adventure with Dogs and Samurai instead that stands up thanks to its well-written screenplay and a great sense of humour.

The trailers for this film advertised two important aspects of the film that make it work and set it apart. claws of fury of the rest. The first is the meta nature of the writing, which is the greatest asset. claws of fury has to offer. This is how this movie breaks the fourth wall The Emperor’s New Groove, with some of the most outrageous jokes to come in a children’s film this year. If you think Bond-style opening credits Minions: The Rise of Gru The most ridiculous meta-reference of the 2022 animated summer was the film, which made for a coherent series of gags glorifying Deadpool.

Beyond the self-aware nature of the film, there are several surprisingly funny jokes coupled with deceptively sharp writing that made me laugh even louder than the kids in the theatre. The comedy in this film shows up in a way that not every animated film can pull off, and part of it boils down to how the project came to be. originally titled blazing samuraiThe film is loosely based on the 1974 film blazing Saddles, directed by Mel Brooks. Brooks portrays the shogun in this film, and many of Brooks’s fourth wall breaks and parodical sensibilities shine through in this film.

The story is of course formulaic. claws of fury Follows Hank, a dog who wants to be a samurai. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get the opportunity to grow as a character before his call to action. Nevertheless, once he is given the charge of guarding a city of cats, he enlists the help of the one-time great samurai Jimbo (Samuel L. Jackson) to train him. We have seen this story. I know it, you know it, and filmmakers know it. That’s why a giant bright arrow reading “Once the Great Samurai” falls from the ceiling, pointing at Jimbo. The writers knew it was a cliché story and instead of playing it straight, they had a fun time telling it.

In addition to the meta-comedy, marketing also advertised another aspect of the film that could bring more adults to the seats: the stacked cast. Cera and Jackson are two key players, and they both crank up their celebrity persona to the max in two amazing performances as this mismatched pair. The film’s antagonist is Ika Choo, portrayed by Ricky Gervais, who lends his completely satirical voice to the role. The star-studded cast including George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou and Michelle Yeoh is a key selling point for the film, and they all do an excellent job in their roles.

Claws of Fury: The Legend of Hanko Not top class cinema. It is not at the level of other 2022 animated films like Marcel the Shell with Shoes On either light yearnor will it reach meme-capacity morbius either Minions: The Rise of Gru, Instead, it is a short, booming film that lasts only 85 minutes without credits according to the film’s characters. You can also expect some of the loudest laughs of the year. Even if the film may feel a little too derivative with its crony rip-offs and predictable story, it’s a harmless piece of entertainment that delivers everything the trailers have promised.

score: 8/10

As ComingSoon’s review policy states, a score of 8 equates to “great”. Although there are some minor issues, this score means that Art succeeds at its goal and leaves a memorable impression.


Disclosure: Critics attend a press screening for ComingSoon Claws of Fury: The Legend of Hanko review.

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