Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Starring: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart

Directed by: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney

In a Manhattan apartment Max’s life is about to be turned upside down when his owner brings home a stray dog by the name of Duke. Trouble ascends and Max and Duke must put their differences aside or risk the wrath of the leader of flushed pets, a bunny by the name of Snowball.

The Secret Life of Pets came as such a surprise to me as I was not expecting it to be as good as it was. I had initially seen the trailer for it a couple years back when it was first released but it didn’t really appeal to me or standout as a movie that I should desperately see and I kind of forgot about it ever since. The movie started off really well and so charmingly funny as we are introduced to many of the central characters. The way the movie was able to accurately portray certain characteristics of the different type of pets was genius as I really loved how Chloe the cat’s personality was brought to life during her opening scenes.

The comedy throughout the movie was well delivered by the star studded cast that features the likes of Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Louis C.K., Hannibal Buress, Ellie Kemper and Jenny Slate. While being a movie primarily aimed at children in both its themes and the animation I felt the script was very much aimed at adults as I can’t imagine many children understanding the complexity of some of the comedy, especially when it comes to dealing with certain animals and their behavioural tendencies. I really enjoyed the relationship that developed between Max and new dog Duke as they begin hating each other and after many tough challenges that they rise above they start to trust and like each other and it was a nice change of pace from the craziness and silliness that happened for the most part.

Overall, The Secret Life of Pets was a very good enjoyable family movie that is a must see if you have kids. Such a great concept for a movie and it was executed very well indeed.

8/10

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