The Amazing Maurice is not easy to catch because not many theatres are screening it. After running around Europe, this bad cat is ready to challenge other animated miscrent felines in “the New World.” Unlike Garfield, this streetwise tomcat has something up his paws! When people spot him, he’s running a racket with Keith the pied piper, and a specific family of rats! That’s not good. It’s a great premise for a movie to see how he redeems himself, but for part of the tale, what we see is just how much of a con artist that he is.
Pacing issues makes this film feel longer than it should, and where it finds its feet is with Malicia (Emilia Clarke), the narrator who is also in this story. I like how she talks about the various literary devices used to keep her tale and the rodent’s moving forward. Without her, I probably wouldn’t feel as invested. She’s quite the character too, and the best laughs come from her than those who make up the main cast.