THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
BY THE COMMANDER
2 (out of 4 stars)
Cute cute cute. The Secret Life of Pets is a cute movie. What else would you expect? It's all about what pets do when their owners are away. It's something every pet owner fantasizes about. Isn't that why they put pet cams in their homes and apartments so they can watch their pets while they working. The studio that brought you Despicable Me and Minions (Illumination Entertainment) now brings you their new entry into the animation world, Pets. Starring the voices of Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, Kevin Hart, Dana Carvey, Eric Stonestreet and Ellie Kemper.
While I found this movie to be cute, I noticed that audience members who didn't own a pet (I asked them) really weren't too interested or engaged in the movie, whereas those who had pets were enthralled with it. Really? No kidding.
I have to admit I liked Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013) much better than the Minions (2015) movie, so I didn't overly enjoy pets. I would have rather seen them as secondary characters as the Minions were in Despicable Me. It's kind of like having dinner but skipping the main course (lasagna) and going right to the ice cream with sprinkles and cherries. While kids may enjoy it, I felt like I was missing out on the meal.
The story is not too important, other than a scene with a rabbit driving a bus around New York City (I guess it's mandatory for every animated feature to have one of its characters driving a vehicle, without a license). I know what you're saying, that's an everyday occurrence in New York City. What's so special about it?
Bottom line: If you love your animals or have children, go see this movie. It's a great way to get out of the summer heat during the day. If you're tired of cleaning up pet hair, emptying poop trays, walking and feeding them, then go see a movie with a fish, dolphin or shark… even a western or jungle. At least you won't have to clean up after yourself when you leave the theater.