Likely the most important thing about any feel good story is that you find the characters in them to be likable and relatable. They need to act and behave in a way that makes you believe and have confidence in them.
For me it's especially important that I like the protagonist characters in a movie. That is because if I don't like the characters, there's a pretty good chance that I'm not going to finish the film and will do something else instead.
Fortunately, last week I managed to watch a lovely animation called 'Zootopia'. This movie manages to take its job seriously when it comes to us relating to its protagonists and making them look kind and likable.
The story is about a hillbilly bunny cop Judy Hopps and a scheming fox called Nick Wilde. During the course of the movie these two try and manage to figure out what is causing the trouble in the big city of Zootopia.
The biggest reason that the film works so well is because its main protagonist bunny Hopps is so unbelievably friendly and relatable. It's hard to think of anyone in real life who would be as likable as she is in the movie.
Unlike so many characters in other movies out there, she has empathy for others and believes that we shouldn't give up on people. We should be idealistic and helpful so that we could make the world a better place.
That the film works so well is because it handles its subject matter and theme well. That is, that none of us should judge anyone based on the color of their fur and that we shouldn't come to conclusions about anyone's abilities too easily.
The film shows that it's not okay to discriminate against a bunny like Hopps just because she's a tiny little rabbit. You have to give her a chance to show her capabilities as a policer officer before you give up on her.
In the film the same also applies to our anti-hero character Nick Wilde's fox. Together with officer Hobbs he shows that even a cynic like him can save the day when you start to believe in yourself and your cause.
In any case, when it comes to this movie as a whole, 'Zootopia' works because it's a surprisingly entertaining, thougthful and funny motion picture. It's an animated film that manages to make you feel, laugh and think at the same time.
Probably the only real flaw in the movie is that its villain is a bit too weak and doesn't make enough sense. Even a movie based on kindness like this should have done a better job when it comes to its so called 'evil' characters.
But other than that, this is a solid film that relies on good storytelling and the characters being kind and relatable. I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to get on a better mood and wants to feel good about themselves.