The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
Max (Louis C.K.) is a dog who loves his owner Katie. They do everything together and have tons of fun, but everyday Katie leaves and Max waits from her to come home. One day Katie returns home with a new brother for Max named Duke (Eric Stonestreet) and Max hates this. He hates Duke so much that he deliberately tries to get him lost while out on a walk, but what ends up happening is both Duke and Max get lost in the large city together. Having to battle crazy rabbits, hairless cats and animal control, Max and Duke have to find their way back home with help from their many “pet” friends.
From the previews, this movie seemed like it was going to be a lively and quirky comedy about animals and what weird things they do everyday, but what this movie turned into was 2 dogs lost in a big city and what crazy animals they meet. They run for their lives from animal control (boring), crazy psychotic cats (creepy) and insane bunnies (reminds me of Hoodwinked). The voice actors might be famous comedians, but these characters aren’t funny and they don’t seem like they tried very hard. I knew Pops was Dana Carvey right away because of his stand up and Louis C.K. doesn’t have the voice of a dog. In fact, I wish Max’s voice was Jason Sudeikis as they sound similar but he is must funnier.
For me, there wasn’t much to enjoy. The adventure these dogs go on is boring and gross. Between going from steel cages to the sewers, these animals need a bath after every scene. Maybe it was the actual animals used, but I didn’t care or feel sorry for any of these creatures, and if you know me, I love animals. I think the major issue here is the title is misleading and so was the trailer. These animals don’t feel like pets and the adventure they go on is not one I wanted to watch. After watching this movie, I really wanted to go home and bathe my dogs. Co-starring the voices of Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Bobby Moynihan, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, and Steve Coogan.
4/10 Stars – This movie might have good animation (as expected these days,) but the characters are dull and the story is misleading.