by: Dallas Thompson
Have you ever wondered what your pets do when you're not home? Sounds familiar, right? From the outside, this may look like it's Universal's spin-off of Toy Story, but The Secret Life of Pets is it's own unique story. Following a long marketing campaign from the minds behind Despicable Me and the infamous Minions, I was not sure what to expect. Going in to the movie, the trailers really did not show a whole lot, just set up the movie as a comedy. Not only is it a comedy, The Secret Life of Pets is hilarious and heartwarming with characters you will love, as if they are your own pet!
This is not just a kids movie, it is a great film for the entire family. Specifically, if you have, or have ever had, a pet. Not only are there dogs in this movie, there are Cats, Birds, Hamsters, Rabbits, Turtles, Crocodiles, Snakes, etc. And when they all come together is where this movie reaches it's best point. The opening little while didn't grab my attention as much as after we meet Snowball, the rabbit and his crew. That is the point where the real comedy comes in. I don't want to give away a lot of it, as most of the jokes and gags could easily be ruined, and should be saved for the first viewing.
The casting was fantastic, each character was well played. Kevin Hart's character, Snowball was hilarious and was one of the highlights of the film. Story-wise, I felt it was written and carried very well. It grabbed my attention after a certain point and I stayed engaged the rest of the film. At 98 minutes, it certainly is not overly long - and it feels like it was the right amount of time. They leave room for future installments such as TV Shows or a sequel, or possibly a spin-off, similar to the Despicable Me franchise.
Overall, I was entertained by The Secret Life of Pets, and it is a great family movie - but by no means is it a blockbuster like Captain America: Civil War, but it's not meant to be. If you're interested in seeing it, go see it. You certainly will enjoy it and have a great time. Also, be sure to stay after the credits begin rolling for an additional gag that may be familiar looking if you have seen the promotional material for this movie.
RATING: 4/5 STARS