The Secret Life of Pets – One for the kids
2016 has already seen a number of family friendly films that are just as enjoyable for adults as they are for children. Unfortunately The Secret Life of Pets is not one of them.
In small doses, this is an enjoyable movie. We get an insight into the humorous day-to-day antics of pets left alone in their owners homes – throwing parties, sneaking out etc. These moments are often quite funny and, dare I say it, always very cute. Unfortunately, as with many such films, it begins to lag a little as it attempts to tell an over-arching story. In short, it works well as short comedy skits, butloses it at movie-length.
The Secret Life of Pets tells the story of Max (voiced by Louis C.K) and Duke (Eric Stonestreet) after they are captured by animal control and wind up taking an adventure throughout the city of New York. There are a number of notable moments in the film, so sitting through it as an adult is certainly not unbearable, but no doubt, about an hour in, you’ll start checking your watch and wondering how much longer to go.
The kids will love it. You’ll tolerate it.