Thursday, June 6, 2019


 The Secret Life of Pets is directed by Chris Renaud and stars Louis C. K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby, Moynihan, Steve Coogan. and Albert Brooks. The plot of the movie is the quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.    Within about 20 minutes it became really apparent that the movie was just going to be a series of slapstick gags and it never stops being that dogs are thrown into the air, looped around clotheslines, thrown off bridges, smacked into walls, and driving cars. Tons of stuff that really didn't make much sense which I would have been fine with if they kept that stuff to a minimum.  This movie is a perfectly fine mindless entertainment cartoon throwaway movie with cute animals. If you're a young kid or an adult that just wants that the movie will do just fine for you, but if like me you're looking for a slightly more mature animated movie I would not watch this film.    My biggest issue with this movie and it kept nagging me through the entire movie is that this film is almost a beat for beat ripoff of Toy Story. This film opens with a dog Max so excited about being With his owner he loves his owner so much life is perfect. Just like with Woody and Andy. When the owners go away all the animals come out and do their little secret society things and everything is perfect for max until a dog named Duke gets introduced and his territory is just completely ruined and life isn't the same anymore. Just like when Buzz Lightyear shows up.  The two end up getting lost in the city and have to make their way back home. There is even a climactic chase to get to a truck. It even has a bit of Toy Story 2 thrown in when Max is lost in the city in this film and a group of his friends organize a search party to find him. Just like when Woody is taken to Al's Toy Barn and the other toys go looking for him.    Yes aesthetically it is pets not toys and there are certain things thrown in like an underbelly organization of evil animals led by Kevin Hart as a rabbit who did everything I cannot stand in his performance. He does basically nothing other than scream and shout over and over again and it got very annoying.   The movie does have likable characters with the exception of Kevin Hart's character, the animation isn't great, but it is decent enough, and there are some funny jokes, just not as many as I would have liked. I just couldn't get past the fact that Illumination Entertainment basically stole a ton of ideas from Pixar remade Toy Story with pets and it was really blatant.  1 out of 5 stars for The Secret Life of Pets. I hope you enjoyed my review.

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