A movie review: By Lee Sonogan
(2016) PG/1h27mins/Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Secret Life of Pets is a 3D computer buddy adventure comedy film starring Louis C.K as Max the dog. It is the highest-grossing non-Disney original animated film of all time. It made $767 million worldwide with a budget of $75 million. This movie is full of animal type references and humour. It’s done through amusing scenes and jokes in the movie. Plus the animated movie looks as good as any Disney or Dreamworks movie.
Eric Stonestreet’s first animated film. Playing the dog Duke. The new dog at the house that Max strongly dislikes. The plot gets more ridiculous as snowball the bunny played by Kevin Hart meets the main two characters of the story. Telling you any more would ruin the story. The only thing I will tell you is that Max and Duke get lost and they try to find their owner.
In conclusion, most of the jokes are over the top and childish. The humour in it clearly is for the kids and young adults. For the pure randomness in this movie, I give it a decent score. But overall, you will be mildly entertained. The trailer of this movie has most of the entertaining jokes in it. The song the white poodle was playing on the stereo after its owner had left was “Bounce” by System of a Down. Not the best movie, but worth a watch if you like Dreamworks and Disney animated.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that animated films don’t need to be kept to the same standard as movies for adults, because kids will be happy with so much less. But compare “The Secret Life of Pets,” a serviceable but lackluster film, to something from Pixar, say, or the “How to Train Your Dragon” series, and one is less inclined to forgive the creators of “Pets” for being so lazy. – evanston_dad (IMDB -5/10)