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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Hop (2011) - E.B.'s Groove: Drumming Up Fun in "Hop"

Rating: ★★★½☆(3.5/5 Stars)

Released 04-01-2011

Watched 03-23-2024

Reviewed 03-29-2024

Watched on Peacock

"Can I get a little clarification, here? Is this what the Easter Bunny does now? He just goes house to house, messing up people's lives?"

"Hop" is a whimsical, colorful romp that brings together Easter traditions and animated comedy in an enjoyable, albeit imperfect, package. While the film boasts a stellar soundtrack that truly shines, its narrative and dialogue fall short of reaching their full potential.

The premise of "Hop" is undeniably charming: the story follows E.B., the teenage son of the Easter Bunny, as he embarks on a journey to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer in Hollywood. Along the way, he crosses paths with Fred, a slacker who inadvertently becomes E.B.'s reluctant mentor. Together, they navigate a series of misadventures that culminate in a heartwarming lesson about friendship and following one's dreams.

Despite its imaginative premise, "Hop" suffers from a somewhat lackluster execution in terms of storytelling and dialogue. The plot meanders at times, and certain character motivations feel underdeveloped, preventing the film from fully realizing its potential. Additionally, the dialogue often falls flat, relying too heavily on tired jokes and clichés rather than delivering genuinely witty or insightful moments.

However, where "Hop" truly shines is in its soundtrack. Filled with energetic, toe-tapping tunes that perfectly complement the film's lively atmosphere, the music elevates the viewing experience and injects a much-needed dose of energy into the proceedings. With catchy pop hits like Boogie Shoes, I Want Candy, The Anthem, Every Rose Has It's Thorn, Mr. Big Stuff, and Higher Ground, the soundtrack is undoubtedly the brightest star in this cinematic universe.

In the end, "Hop" may not be a must-watch for everyone, but it certainly qualifies as a must-listen, thanks to its stellar soundtrack. While the film's narrative and dialogue leave something to be desired, its whimsical charm and vibrant animation make it a fun ride for audiences of all ages. If you're looking for a lighthearted diversion (Or a great movie to watch at easter) with some catchy tunes, "Hop" is worth hopping into – just don't expect it to be an egg-ceptional cinematic masterpiece.

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