The Secret Life of Pets - Theatrical Review

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The Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Life of Pets – Theatrical Review

Max (Louis C.K.) is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that's bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who've done them wrong.

I am an avid fan of animation, computer or traditional. Most of the time they resonate well with me even if they are targeted to a younger audience. I’ll often watch animated films or tv shows when the kids aren’t around, or join them if they are. When word The Secret Life of Pets was a must watch for the whole family we took the kiddos to check it out. However, it turned out to be a big miss for me. Even the littles were not big fans.

The animation was solid, but I found many of the jokes to have missed their mark. What was marketed as a “what pets do at home when you’re not” film turned out to be a new sibling / lost in the city / caper type film that loses its momentum once the stay at home follies shift to the outside world. Boredem swept over me as I watch the film. Yes, it did have a few laughs here and there, but not much stood out other than Gidget (Jenny Slate) who’s in hardcore love with Max and will do anything to save him. With the comedic talents of Louis C.K. (Max) and Kevin Hart (Snowball) you’d believe I would have left with a sore midsection, but I was dismayed that I did not.

I did really enjoy the animation style. The characters were well drawn with cartoonish charm and the city of New York looked exceptionally good. The voice actors chosen did fit the characters even if I feel they didn’t get much to work with.

Unfortunately, The Secret Life of Pets is missing the charm that other Illumination Entertainment animated films have captured.

Good

  • Good animation.

Bad

  • A lot of jokes missed.
  • Nothing remarkable about it.
6

Fair

Since seeing Star Wars on TV as a child Shane has been hooked on movies. In 2001 he decided to start up his own webpage dedicated to his new love DVD. Now, over 20-years later he continues to FEED YOUR HUNGER with the latest Theatrical, Blu-ray and DVD reviews.

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