Now there’s no point in beating around the bush, soI’ll just have out with it. This movie is a lot like FindingNemo.
Oscar (Will Smith) is a smooth, fast talking, big dreaming fish(basically, he’s Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) who iswilling to do anything and everything he can to get out of theghetto of the ocean-y Manhattan this movie takes place in. He worksat the Whale Wash with his best friend Angel (Renee Zellweger), afish who is secretly in love with him but is afraid to tellhim.
The other sub-plot is about a shark with some problems. Lenny(Jack Black) is the Godfather’s (a scary Robert DeNiro) son,and is expected to take over the family business, but he has aproblem—he’s a vegetarian. He can’t abide eatinganything that can talk. His father and blood-thirsty brother(Michael Imperioli) aren’t pleased.
(A note: the way in which this movie deals with Lenny’s”difference” is strikingly reminiscent of today’shomosexuality issue, which you would never find in a Disney movie.So kudos to DreamWorks for broadening their horizons.)
Oscar finds himself in a misunderstanding, uses it to hisadvantage, and is suddenly the most popular fish inocean-Manhattan. The problem is, he loves fame so much that he putsit before everyone else, even Angel. And the gold-digging Lola(seductive Angelina Jolie) doesn’t exactly preach morals tohim. It takes a lot, but he finally figures out that he needs tostart doing the right thing.
So what’s the problem, you ask? Well, remember what I saidabout this movie being like Finding Nemo? It is, but in an inferiorsense.
Shark Tale has a lot of flashy pizzazz, wonderful color and agreat base plot. It also has a perfectly compiled cast and greatdialogue. You would think that it would be the movie of the year.But it’s just…not quite.
That’s exactly what I was thinking when I sat through themovie. It was funny…sometimes. The plotline was great…atcertain parts. Basically, it seemed like they strung a lot ofthings together that are very good by themselves, but when togethermake for an average movie, especially when compared to a certainblockbuster made by an archrival company.
What frustrates me is that it is a nicely done movie, and prettybusiness-smart too, seeing as how they’re luring blackviewers in by making the movie urban and hip, which is refreshingconsidering that animated movies usually stay away fromAfrican-American culture.
Shark Tale is good; it really is—just not spectacularlyso, like the fans of Shrek have come to expect. And like I said,it’s no Finding Nemo.