Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank [2022] – Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank is an often-ungainly blend of kid-friendly animation and grown-up gags. Nothing special to see here.

I get that Paramount Pictures is trying to restart its franchise machine, but this is not the one for it. There’s arguably enough action, visual, verbal, and scatological gags to keep the kids entertained, but barely. The movie doesn’t have the magic of Pixar, the charm of Disney Animation, or even the goofiness of Illumination. As much as I laughed in some scenes, I was seriously left with big questions. Why was this movie even made? What audience is it targeting? What went wrong?

If you’re wondering about why i am asking those questions, it’s simple. The movie’s main differentiator is that the characters are self-aware that this is a movie. Straight from the beginning with the title card smashing one of the characters all the way to mentioning that it is an 86 min long movie, minus the credits.

The movie piqued my interest when, and only when, the characters actually tried to break the fourth wall. That’s it. Otherwise, it would have been one to forget.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
Should you watch it?

As long as you aren’t expecting much, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank offers a decent amount of fun for the whole family. But you probably won’t remember it.

Where can I watch it?

You can stream Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank exclusively on Paramount+.