For the moment, the gag of talking animals might have run out of steam. The Secret Life of Pets is strong evidence of this.
I much looked forward to The Secret Life of Pets, the trailer for which was running for months. Earlier in the year, I deeply enjoyed Disney’s Zootopia, which set my appetite for more talking animal quirkiness. I was also quite tickled by the trailer, particularly how the Dachshund so innovatively gave itself a back massage.
Alas, what a let-down the movie turned out to be. No thanks to the uneven, faltering dialogue, and how the entire show revolved around one gag. That of pets talking and behaving like humans once owners are out for work. There was also no “secrecy” to this revelation, with the trailer giving away everything since last year. Bored before a quarter of the movie was over, I started wondering whether this was just one of those movies meant for younger audiences. A convenient outing for parents bereft of ideas on how to entertain their kids. Alas again. This wasn’t the case. The row of kids in front of me in the cinema laughed as little as me. They were also quite eager to leave, the moment the credits came on. I regret to say, I shared the same urge.
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