We'd all been waiting for a Top Cat origin story hadn't we? No?? Thought so.
This however is what we have ended up with and without any feeling of guilt, concern or doubt I hereby declare Top Cat Begins to be one of the worst cinema going experiences I've had in recent memory.
Top Cat begins tells the story of how the gang (that we know and love if old enough to remember the original cartoon) came together. In 2016 it appears that this was mostly through manipulation and bullying tactics by a frankly unlikeable main character. Up against the gang boss of the neighbourhood Mr Big, Top Cat and his crew attempt to outmanoeuvre and outwit him and his goons in order to steal some jewels.
There is no heart, no humour and no joy to be found in this film. As I said Top Cat is highly unlikeable the charm of the street smart hustler is gone and we are presented with a character who schemes and plots to put himself on top. This is not the Top Cat of old in anyway and if that is the intent fine, but at least make him likeable!
The computer graphics are cold, slow and at times cheap looking. On several occasions it felt the voiceovers were ahead of the character mouths on screen which was jarring.
Also the story itself is just plain dull and lifeless. I brought my 7 year old daughter with me to the screening and afterwards she also declared that Top Cat Begins was boring and dull.
If the film makers have aimed the film for kids they have missed the mark. If they have hoped to attract nostalgic adults to the film they have missed the mark by miles.
In short Top Cat Begins is an absolute stinker and if you are heading to the cinema this Bank holiday weekend avoid at all costs!