No one is ever completely bad. Even the comical bad guys we see in comics and cartoons have a little good in them. Such is the premise for Universal Pictures and Dreamworks’ “The Bad Guys.” Based on the series of books of the same name, the film centers on Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), a world-renowned criminal who has a sudden change of heart after doing a little good. The thing is, being good may not be as easy as it sounds.
The trailer opens with a small introduction of the team, each of the members and their respective skills, and laying out the existential crisis that Mr. Wolf goes through during the course of the film. It seems like a lot of fun, for the kids. And since its based on a series of books, i can see how the film may encourage the young audience to read the source material.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “The Bad Guys:”
Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as The Bad Guys.
In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animation, based on the New York Times best-selling book series, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws are about to attempt their most challenging con yet—becoming model citizens.
Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys—dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf (Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), seen-it-all safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron, GLOW), chill master-of-disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson, Hot Tub Time Machine franchise), short-fused “muscle” Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos, In the Heights) and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians), aka “Webs.”
But when, after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal (that he has no intention of keeping) to save them all from prison: The Bad Guys will go good.
Under the tutelage of their mentor Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade, Paddington 2), an arrogant (but adorable!) guinea pig, The Bad Guys set out to fool the world that they’ve been transformed. Along the way, though, Mr. Wolf begins to suspect that doing good for real may give him what he’s always secretly longed for: acceptance. So when a new villain threatens the city, can Mr. Wolf persuade the rest of the gang to become … The Good Guys?
Directed by Pierre Perifel, “The Bad Guys,” also stars The film co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lilly Singh (Bad Moms) and Emmy winner Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). It is scheduled for a April 22, 2022 release.