Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Movie Review: The Secret Life Of Pets

We were able to get our hands on some sneak peek tickets again, so this weekend we were able to see The Secret Life of Pets nearly 2 weeks early.

The Secret Life of Pets starts off telling the story of how Max, the main pet, and his owner Katie found each other. They had the perfect life together, until Katie brings home a new, much bigger, dog Duke. Max immediately doesn't like this move, and runs to Katie's side to tell her all of the reasons he doesn't like Duke. When Duke overhears this conversation, it creates a feud.

The feud gets Max and Duke into trouble, and their friends Gidget, Tiberius, Chloe, Buddy, and Mel have to join together and save their friends.

I've seen other reviews that aren't that positive. They talk about how the story doesn't have enough filler, or that there's too many characters, or that someone wasn't rubbing their shoulders while they watched it (the last one I made up). I guess that's where I differ. When they go to a movie, it's their job. When I go to a movie, I go to escape and to be entertained.

I thought The Secret Life of Pets was a great movie. There were multiple times that the entire audience busted out laughing at the old hound stepping on his big floppy ears, or as the tatted up pig comes crashing through the roof.

As a dog person, I thought they were dead on with a lot of the characteristics and antics for the dogs, and blended them perfectly to create an English speaking pet. Basically, you don't hear a voice talking and it's just the body of an animal. The character is acting exactly how you would expect that animal is be acting, but can talk (kind of like what I do with Rhett in my head).

3D movies are usually either really great, or super cheesy and you can tell that they just added this explosion or whatever so they could have a 3D effect, but it doesn't belong. I enjoyed the 3D work here, and really thought it was one of the better ones I've seen. There were a few moments that I could see coming, but when they happened they still surprised me.

I absolutely loved the movie, and if you're a pet person, have kids, don't have kids, or just like fun movies, I think you will too. As long as you're not a movie critic, you're probably going to enjoy The Secret Life of Pets. We'll more than likely be buying this the day it comes out, so we can watch it at home with Rhett.

He's even already made friends with Max and Buddy, and holding Max's paw.