ReviewWriter: Lai Swee WeiWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
"101 Dalmatians", "Lady And The Tramp", "Homeward Bound", "Stuart Little"
Chihuahuas and wealthy owners are apparently a match made in heaven ever since Paris Hilton paraded around with her own lil pooch, Tinkerbell (which in fact, is now replaced by another Chihuahua named Bambi, unfortunately). Anyway, that match made in heaven stereotype is clearly projected in this live/action CGI film about a spoilt Beverly Hills Chihuahua who gets lost in Mexico. But the weird thing is, when you look at the movie poster, the first impression you will, is that it seemed more like a dog version of an Indian Jones movie.
Drew Barrymore voices Chloe, a diamond-clad, bootie-wearing Beverly Hills Chihuahua who is pampered by her very rich owner Vivien (Jamie Lee Curtis). As with every over-the-top pooch lover, Vivien schedules parties, fashion fittings, massages and grooming sessions, all for her beloved Chloe. It gets pretty sickening really, dressing the dog up with all sorts of 'high fashion' clothes. But that's the life of a Beverly Hills dog. Be rich, or be ditched. Things get worse when Chloe gets lost in Mexico, "Oh! You owe me a cashmere sweater!" or "Hey, I can't leave my bootie behind! It's expensive leather!".
The film features a truly international cast of dogs and a variety of breeds. Apart from dogs, it showcases a few different types of animals such as pigeons, coyotes, mountain lions, plus two virtual animals - a rat and an iguana. However, I didn't really like the presence of those two virtual animals. They weren't exactly funny, just really weird and annoying. As if the partnership between a rat and an iguana isn't weird, at least the writers should make up for the oddness by providing them with better, more wittier lines and scenes, so to make them more useful to this comedy. On the other hand, the CGI effects throughout the film are both convincing and wonderfully done.
The character Papi (voiced by George Lopez), the Mexican Chihuahua a.k.a Casanova is a smooth talker and has the charming poetic talent of Shakespeare. This character alongside a street-wise German Shepherd (voiced by Andy Garcia) are the ones that I enjoyed watching. That must be really hard, making all the animals act and be in position where they're supposed to be.
At the very end, a warning is included concerning responsible pet adoption that should make all animal lovers pleased. Nice touch!Cinema Online, 03 December 2008