The Bad Guys is a game made with the Unity engine. The game, which was released in September of 2018 on Steam and Apple App Store, allows players to take control of either one or two characters who are trying to escape from prison after being convicted for crimes they didn’t commit. Though it has been criticized as having a very short campaign (around 4 hours), many have praised its graphics, sound design, and polish that makes up for what’s lacking story-wise.
This article is a review of the film “The Bad Guys” which was released in 2022. The film has received mixed reviews, with some critics praising its action sequences and others criticizing it for being too generic.
THE BAD GUYS REVIEW (2022)
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I had no idea The Bad Guys existed until I watched the theatrical trailer, but I knew I wanted to see it right now. I’ve gone from being a DreamWorks hater to a hesitant, cautious lover of their work over the years. The Bad Guys seemed to be the kind of quirky, original narrative that this company thrives at, with a wonderful cast and flowing, unusual animation that looked like it was inspired by Arcane or Into the Spider-Verse. The Bad Guys is based on an Australian author Aaron Blabey’s series of children’s graphic books about a bunch of anthropomorphic animal offenders trying to clear their identities. Captain Underpants, Shrek, and the How to Train Your Dragon series are all based on children’s novels, so DreamWorks is no stranger to adapting such content. Pierre Perifel directed the film, which was written by Etan Cohen (not to be confused with Ethan Cohen). Let’s get started.
The Bad Guys, like its original material, tells the narrative of a group of misfit criminals who find themselves on the road to redemption by chance. Mr. Fox (Sam Rockwell) is a bold tactician and leader. His greatest buddy and the group’s resident pessimist is Mr. Snake (Marc Maron). Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson) is the tough guy, whereas Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina) is the techie and expert hacker. Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos) has the voice of an angelfish and fights like a demon. They’re criminals because they like being evil, and no one ever offered them the opportunity to be good in the first place. That all changes when Mayor Diane Foxington (Zazie Beetz) and Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade), a philanthropist extraordinaire, give them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become good guys. For a time, the cuddly criminals go along with it, taking advantage of the occasion to steal a valuable prize from a charity banquet. The only issue is that as Wolf realizes the delight of performing good things and the affection and recognition that comes with them, he begins to soften. Will Mr. Wolf return to his rightful place, will this split the crew apart, and is there a deeper menace hiding in the shadows?
The animation in The Bad Guys is just what I was hoping for. The furry fugitives look wonderful; their designs are beautiful, their expressions are expressive, and they move well. In The Bad Guys, the animators push the boundaries of animated character “squash and stretch.” The visual humor reminded me of Loony Tunes at moments. Their eye movements are the right blend of exaggeration and emotion. The effects work is incredible; as in Arcane or The Mitchells versus The Machines, smoke, fire, water, and soil are animated with hand-drawn components. Since the release of Into the Spider-Verse, hybrids of conventional and computer-generated animation have been all the rage, with previous examples being Disney’s 2012 short film Paperman. I’m not sure, but the characters’ eye movement seems to be hand-drawn as well. The chase sequences in this film are excellent, demonstrating once again why more action films should be animated.
When the Bad Guys attend the key charity dinner, my favorite moment of animation in the film occurs. Mr. Piranha breaks out singing the original song “Good Tonight” while Mr. Wolf hesitates to continue their crime spree and Mr. Snake is about to be apprehended by the cops. Mr. Wolf is prompted to dance with the mayor, and what follows brilliantly encapsulates everything I love about animation. The dancing in this sequence is stunning, and the music is catchy and rhythmic. Wolf and Diane’s center dance reminded me of Cats Don’t Dance, which is usually a good thing. Before this moment, Mr. Piranha croons a couple of times throughout the film, but at this point, I turned to my husband and remarked, “This sequence is why they put Anthony Ramos in this film.” Following his roles in Hamilton and In the Heights, Ramos is a rising star, and I like him as an actor and singer. I hope he continues to be successful because I’d want to see (or hear) him in more projects. Daniel Pemberton composed the film’s original music and songs, which I’ll have to dig into. I don’t know much about him, but he seems like a kind guy. The Bad Guys is not a musical and solely has diegetic songs, which are songs performed by characters in the context of the tale.
The other actors in this film are also fantastic; I just wanted to brag about the man who is fast becoming one of my favorite actors. Sam Rockwell is one of my favorite actors, but I never expected him to play an animated wolf. He not only sells this job, but I kept forgetting he was the one behind the microphone. He’s charming and captivating, and the gamut of emotions he exhibits is very convincing. I’m not sure what to make of Craig Robinson and Awkwafina in their roles as Shark and Tarantula. Robinson is amusing, but that is the extent of his personality. I can only tolerate Awkwafina in limited doses or in tragic scenarios like The Farewell. Ms. Tarantula isn’t the most amusing character in the film, but the fact that I didn’t despise her speaks to the quality of the writing and the filmmakers’ choice to concentrate on Mr. Wolf and Snake. Zazie Beetz is excellent as the mayor, and she effectively portrays both aspects of her character. Professor Marmalade is played by Richard Ayoade, who is rather humorous, however his character’s twist was much simpler to spot than the mayor’s.
I’m sure it sounds like I adored The Bad Guys. In a nutshell, yes and no. This film has a lot going for it, and much of it is in areas that I’m most interested in, such as animation and music implementation. However, I have a few of concerns with the film. Alex Borstein’s police chief role isn’t one of my favorites, and it’s not because she’s the film’s adversary. I’m not a fan of her design or the joke about her being large and macho. It’s simply a terrible design that I didn’t want to look at, and every time she appeared, it took away from my pleasure. It’s a pity that the human characters aren’t as well-designed or captivating as the animals. I get that they aren’t the center of the film, but why does their skin appear so strange? I despise the characters’ teeth and how they get larger when they are furious or yelling. Why did Mr. Wolf give this lady shoulders as big as his vehicle bumper? Her line delivery isn’t hilarious, and she’s exactly what you’d anticipate from a character of her kind. Some story aspects were also obvious from the start of the film or as soon as a character was introduced. This isn’t a deal-breaker for me since I’m not interested in being shocked, but they’re presented as narrative twists, so I believe it’s a problem in that sense. Other plot lines, on the other hand, were handled considerably better, and if you walk into this film blind as I did, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Fast-paced, humorous, aesthetically unusual, and a lot of fun, The Bad Guys is a must-see film. Since Encanto, this film has had the finest animation choreography and the best (primary) character designs since The Mitchells against The Machines. It’s hardly surprising that it underperformed the most recent Fantastic Beasts film at the box office. It seems to be a genuine step forward in terms of technology and media. This film is a must-see for adult animation aficionados and older children due to its primary characters, music, state-of-the-art animation, and comedy. The Bad Guys is not intended for children or families, but the language is surprisingly complex, with some off-color humor about anatomy and body functions. Can we have more escapades with this crew instead of another Trolls or Croods installment? I’d want to see this cast and their world once again.
Plot – 8
8.5 for acting
8.5 for direction/editing
8 – Music/Sound
9 points for animation and action.
The Bad Guys is a thrilling night at the movies and a watershed moment for DreamWorks as a company.
The “The Bad Guys” is a game that has been released on the 20th of December, 2022. It has received an average score of 4.7/10 on rotten tomatoes. Reference: the bad guys – rotten tomatoes.
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