review by Bobby Blakey
I love all things focused on big monsters fighting like Godzilla, King Kong, Pacific Rim and Gamora. Bring it into the world of animation and the opportunities are ripe for fun and destruction. The latest, Rumble looks to be blending these two ideals into the world of wrestling and features a great voice cast including Will Arnett, Terry Crews, Geraldine Viswanathan, Joe “Roman Reigns” Anoa’i, Tony Danza, Becky Lynch, Susan Kelechi Watson, Stephen A. Smith, Jimmy Tatro, Ben Schwartz and Michael Buffer.
Rumble follows a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes and teenage Winnie seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps by coaching a loveable underdog monster into a champion.
I was really hoping to get to see this film on the big screen, but would be lying to say I was pleasantly surprised when it dropped on Paramount +. For those not in the know this film is loosely based on the graphic novel Monster on the Hill from Rob Harrell and it all kinds of fun. Just the fun monster designs and varieties alone was enough for me, but to see them kicking butt in a mix of wrestling and MMA just sealed the deal.
The story is not anything we haven’t seen in some form before, but telling it with Kaiju just makes it bigger and badder. This is one that deserved to get the big screen treatment just to bring the scope of the monsters to life, but either way is still a load of fun. The animation is way better than I thought it was going to be filled with not only the great monster designs, but vibrant colors and details to deliver a visual feast for the senses along with the chaos.
In the end this is an average animated film that is given the monster treatment making it stomps its way to higher plane of entertainment. Check out Rumble available now streaming exclusively on Paramount+.