When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I laughed hysterically. I also tend to like Illumination's films, so I knew that I would be getting to see this movie. Ultimately, I ended up finding the film to be really funny, but also really formulaic.
The writing of the film, while very funny, isn't very original. Ultimately, the movie ends up feeling a bit like a rip-off of Disney films, even to the point of including a short before the film. The film borrows many plot elements from "Toy Story", however, it has enough humor to still be good. There are some parts that feel really cheesy, like a forced romance or an over-the-top battle scene, but those are relatively few in number. The film also has some well-written, albeit predictable, heartfelt moments.
The voice cast of the film was probably my favorite part. Louis C.K. is really funny in his role, but I feel like his comedic personality would have been a bit more fitting for the role of Duke, however, Eric Stonestreet does a good job in the role. The supporting cast, including Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, and Lake Bell are all good, but my favorite performance in the film had to be that of Albert Brooks. His character was really funny, but I think that Brooks's personality made it even funnier. I also found a lot of irony in the differences between his characters in this film and "Finding Nemo".
The film was well-animated, too. I saw a lot of good things that were very aesthetically pleasing, such as a dolly-zoom. The animation also lets the characters show emotion very well.
Overall, "The Secret Life of Pets" is a pretty funny animated film, but it isn't original. If the predictability won't bother you, you'll likely have a great time at the movies.
The Secret Life of Pets
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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