Growing up, and most of my adult life has been geared around animals.  If I was working with animals at the Scovill Children’s Zoo, Indianapolis Zoo, or various Vets and Pet places, including rescue groups.  I have waited for this flick for a long time.  The trailers look hilarious depicting all different breeds, and types of animals in the ways you would imagine them to be.  A cat Chloe (Lake Bell) who is very independent and really doesn’t care about anyone except herself and eating (Perfect depiction of any cat I have ever known), or Max (Louis C.K.) a mix dog who was rescued as a puppy and sits waiting for his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper). images-67

The problem with the movie I will tell you right now is that I had just seen a perfect animated animal movie call Finding Dory and loved it.  I will also tell you before I really start into the review is that I liked the flick, just not as much as I had hoped to like it, bit my daughter 12 year old and her friend loved it. images-68

I think that the main problem with the film is that it was awesome when we saw what the Pet’s did when owners left, kinda like Toy Story, but the directors Yarrow Cheney and Chris Renaud veers too much away from what would have been a perfect flick.  I wish the adventure wasn’t as much because to me the funny parts happen mainly inside the building while the owners are away. images copy 2

Max has friends Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate) who is in love with Max, Chloe, Buddy (Hannibal Buress), Mel (Bobby Moynihan), and Duke (Eric Stonestreet).  Duke is not Max’s friend at first he is a new rescue that Katie brings into the house, and they end up fighting over everything.  The story is simple, Max is going to try and get Katie to kick Duke out, but Duke gets rid of Max first, but that even back fires. imgres-61

The go missing and run into a group called the Flushed Pets, pets that people no longer wanted led by a rabbit Snowball (Kevin Hart).  Gidget releases Max and Duke are gone and gets Pops (Dana Carvey), and Tiberius (Albert Brooks) to join the other friends in the adventure to find and save Max and Duke. images-69

I enjoyed the movie, but I really enjoyed it when the pets were at home and we saw what was going on while we were away.  I grade this movie a C+.  I am being a little tough, but I had way better hope for more funny and less story from the Despicable Me alums.  Don’t get me wrong your kids 13 and younger will enjoy it, you just won’t as much as you did Finding Dory.


Brad Watts

One Response to “THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS – review”

  1. Romola Garai says:

    Thanks for review. From the trailer – which I thought was hilarious – I perhaps expected more from this. Still, it’s probably one that’s worth catching up with because it sounds like it’ll still entertain even if it doesn’t reach the heights of some of the animated masterpieces of the last few years.

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