The Emperor's New Groove (2000) Movie Review
I believe it's safe to say that The Emperor's New Groove is by far the funniest movie created by Disney. It is a world's away compared to other comedy films that they made.
Eccentric characters, groovy music, and a wild story make this film funnier than it ever should be. I honestly laughed at almost every scene of the film, and gets lost in the story most of the time.
We follow the story of an arrogant and pampered Incan Emperor, Kuzco, who cares more about his looks than his people. As his birthday approaches, he plans to demolish a local village to construct a grand mansion. Pacha, the village leader, objects to the idea because it will leave the village people homeless. Yzma, a sorceress Kuzco fired, plans to take over the throne. Alongside her dimwitted assistant, Kronk, they plan to kill the emperor but fail. They wrongly gave him a vial, and Kuzco transformed into a llama. Yzma orders Kronk to dispose of him and accidentally transports him into Pacha's cart.
Pacha unknowingly transports Kuzco to his village. He orders the village leader to transport him back to the castle but refuses, stating that he will not help unless the emperor changes his mind. Kuzco objects and tries to return to the court but eventually fails and gets stranded in the forest. Pacha rescues him after the jaguars attack him. Kuzco accepts Pacha's request to escort him home, and the two learn to cooperate as they try to evict Yzma, who is now sitting comfortably on the throne.
The Emperor's New Groove features the voices of David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, and Patrick Warburton as Kuzco, Pacha, Yzma, and Kronk, respectively.
This movie defines what it feels like to watch something that beats the eye. It's packed with laughs that everyone enjoys but still delivers a good story. The story may pale compared to Mulan or Toy Story, but its straightforwardness is enough, especially if the target audience is children. It doesn't need a wild twist, but it still works.
Nothing beats this film more than how it takes care of its characters. They are all presented nicely, and most deliver their jokes on point. Kronk is the one that stood out the most because of his brute physique, but he lacked the proper mentality to be a respectable adversary. He might be a human version of Donald duck or something. He's just too enjoyable to watch.
The soundtrack is a banger. It will make you dance as the characters groove to the music. It jives with the whole vibe of the movie.
The Emperor's New Groove has its fair share of fresh and new things, making this movie more delightful. It may not be unique from Dinsy's point of view, but to me, it's otherwise.
This movie may not be the best Disney has offered, but it's one of those giants that marked the industry. It even had a franchise that was established throughout the studio's history. From video games and expanded TV Series, The Emperor's New Groove showed that its success parallels how the audience reacted to the film.
Overall, this film has hits and misses where the good outweighs the bad. I like this film and recommend it to those looking for an animated feature with a light-hearted storyline.
A solid 4 out of 5 stars.