A thoroughly enjoyable film from start to finish, “The Secret Life of Pets” boasts an interesting premise, exploring a question many of us asked as children, which was “what do our pets do when we’re not home?” While interesting, I did wonder if the premise can sustain a feature length film. The filmmakers succeeded in doing so by adding an adventure element for the two main characters, Max and Duke, as they dash and tumble through New York City being chased by an array of sort-of villains including stray cats, anti-human animals, and animal control.
The film had plenty of laughs, and some of the visuals not necessarily the action animation, but the still frames, namely of the city skyline, were stunning. I just might find a poster of it and make it my wallpaper.
The voice cast was very solid, with the main characters voiced by Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, and a stand-out performance by Kevin Hart, who voices one of the support characters.
The film doesn’t have quite the social relevance / commentary displayed by “Zootopia” or “Inside Out”, but I think adults could still enjoy watching this film. One thing that did catch my attention as the film’s soundtrack and score, composed y the prolific Alexandre Desplat, which elevated the film up a notch with dashes of liveliness.
A brief mention should be given to the opening Minions short film. Perhaps the makers of this short discovered what was wrong with the feature-length “Minions” film and rediscovered what worked for the minions in the “Despicable Me” films, but this was pretty much what I would’ve wanted the feature-length film to be. I know it’s hard to turn this goofy and hilarious short into something that’s 90 minutes long, but I think it’s doable.
For those living in the U.S. / Canada, I haven’t see “Finding Dory” yet as it is not out here in Hong Kong, but I would still definitely recommend it!