Review: Secret Life of Pets

Secret Life of Pets

Secret Life of Pets

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Duration: 90 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 08-JUL-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5

Plot:
Inside of a Manhattan apartment building, a terrier named Max (Louis C.K.) lives a spoiled life with his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper) and hangs out with other pets like Chloe (Lake Bell), Mel (Bobby Moynihan), Buddy (Hannibal Buress), and Sweet Pea. One day, Max’s worse dream comes true when Katie adopts a giant dog called Duke (Eric Stonestreet) who is very sloppy and careless. Duke tricks Max into being dragged far into the city where all hell breaks loose when they are attacked by a gang of cats including Ozone (Steve Coogan). But soon they get caught by Animal Control and are being brought to the pound. However, they are rescued by an adorable white bunny named Snowball who they later find out is building an army of lost pets determined to take their revenge.

Overall Review:
The Secret Life of Pets is family friendly, warm and fun movie. With a pretty straight forward plot and a substantial amount of potty humor, film was more for the kids than for the family. The character development was very robust for the amount of characters featured in the film. The animation was vibrant and very well done, 5 cheers to the animators who brought New York a nice shiny gloss; the details which have been created in the cityscape is incredible. The voice performances were good. Movie is an enjoyable tale that is fun to watch. A good movie for the kids and the adults. Movie leaves us with the moral: “Do not judge someone before you get to know them.”

Performance & Technical Review:
The voice performances were good. Jenny Slate continues to do well in her voice work and she gave the strongest performance. Kevin Hart played his character really well, and had some nice laughs. Louis C.K. was well cast as the lead and gave us a character you could root for. The rest did their job well. They were not good enough to be memorable, but not bad enough to be negatively criticized. The animation was vibrant and fitted the tone well. 5 cheers to the animators who brought New York a nice shiny gloss; the details which have been created in the cityscape is incredible. The action was entertaining. The character designs were strong but nowhere near Pixar quality for character, story, innovation, emotion or fun.

PDF Verdict:
The Secret Life of Pets is an animated comedy that is both funny and sincere. Its entertaining and amuzing but not PAWESOME. Kids will enjoy for sure.

Ratings: 3.5 on 5 (Above Average)
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
CGI:3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score:3 on 5

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