Movie Review: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
Star Rating (out of 5): ***
Believe it or not – “The Secret Life Of Pets” is NOT a sequel! It is the latest film from animation powerhouse Illumination, the guys who brought you “Despicable Me”. The title is self explanatory. The film chronicles the adventures of anthropomorphic pets attempting to make their way back home after getting lost in the big city. Despite its HUGE box office opening, I found this unoriginal fun ride to be a bit of a disappointment.
The movie has a great voice cast, headed by Louis CK as the lead dog. The large supporting cast is diverse and mostly entertaining. It’s basically a simple little paint-by-numbers fun flick for the family.
Seeing the trailer, I was excited for the film. I was hoping they would dish out more subversive, humorous storylines on what our pets are up to when we humans are not around. Unfortunately though, the movie becomes a blatant Toy Story rip-off, dragging the viewer through a long, drawn out adventure. Unlike the brilliantly affecting “Finding Dory”, there’s barely any emotional or topical weight to anything here. Unless the target audience are two year olds – in that case, forget what I just said. The feel of this film is more similar to “Angry Birds” – a silly cartoon with a bunch of sexual innuendos and fart jokes.
I didn’t hate “The Secret Life Of Pets” and found it mildly entertaining, but was ultimately disappointed for its lack of real impact. If you like a brainless fun time at the movies, you’ll be alright.
Review by SAM SILBER