Secret Life of Pets Review

Synopsis: A terrier named Max's quiet life is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

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As you've probably realized by now I have a great love for animated movies. Actually I should rephrase it to well-made animated movies, but luckily these days thanks in large part to Pixar's success there are more and more great and smart animated movies! The Secret Life of Pets is no exception! I've been looking forward to this movie ever since I saw the trailers and it did not let me down. This movie is a funny and exciting time with some wacky characters strewn throughout the entire movie that'll have you in stitches!

This movie is so funny and its due in large part to the voice cast is filled with incredibly talented and funny people. You've got comedians like Louis C.K. Dana Carvey And Kevin Hart as well as great comedic actors like Eric Stonestreet, Albert Brooks and my personal favorite of the film Jenny Slate who plays the Pomeranian, Gidget. Jenny Slate is on roll this year with her role in Zootopia as the Vice Mayor Bellwether and good for us because she is super funny and has a very unique voice but if you've seen Parks and Rec then you already knew all that from her role as the wild Mona Lisa Saperstein. The actors really do a great job inhabiting their characters because when you first meet them you don't feel like their voices match but by the end you can't imagine anyone else voicing these characters. One of the gripes I have though is that because of the sheer number of pets there are some characters that just show up and don't do much. One in particular was Steve Coogan's character Ozone the street Sphinx Cat he was in there for maybe two short scenes and that’s it. I would have loved to see someone as funny as Coogan with more to work with.

This movie handles juggling the multiple story lines; there are sometimes three different storylines with different groups of pets. You as the audience never feel confused or jerked around. In fact because this is done so well the movie feels very well paced and its never dull for one moment that plus how funny it is you’re wildly entertained the whole way through but they also know when to slow it down for some more emotional moments and character relationship developments. This movie also captures so well the behaviors and habits of all the different animals. I feel like if you’ve ever owned a pet you can relate and laugh at what the pets are doing on screen it’s actually really fun.

The great animation really sells the pets. The movement of all the animals is realistic enough for you to believe that they are real animals but they still get to do some crazy hijinks. Things like the flow of their movement and the fur looks great, which is all the more impressive when you consider they have almost half the budget of say a Disney or Pixar movie. New York City looks great, the environment looks incredible. The grass and water look and behave almost photo realistically.

Secret Life of Pets is great a time for everyone. I loved this movie it was fun and entertaining the whole way through.  Pet owners will have an especially fun time imaging what their pets actually do when they are home without you. I recommend everyone go see this movie. Let me know what you thought about Secret Life of Pets! Have you ever wondered about the crazy adventures your pets get into while you’re out? Let me know in the comments.

Should You See It: Yes

Theater Worthy: Yes

Final Grade: B+