Movie Review – The Secret Life of Pets

For the moment, the gag of talking animals might have run out of steam. The Secret Life of Pets is strong evidence of this.

For the moment, the gag of talking animals might have run out of steam. The Secret Life of Pets is strong evidence of this.

The Secret Life of Pets Synopsis

Jack Russell Terrier Max lives with his owner Katie in a Manhattan apartment. During the day when Katie is out for work, Max hangs out with other pets in the building, such as tabby cat Chloe and dachshund Buddy. One day, to Max’s disgust and horror, Katie adopts another dog, a large and ungainly mongrel named Duke. In their efforts to rid themselves of each other, Max and Duke ended up caught by Animal Control. They must then work together, if they wish to return to their comfy Manhattan haven.

Snappy Review

I much looked forward to The Secret Life of Pets, the trailer for which had been running for months. Earlier in the year, I deeply enjoyed Disney’s Zootopia, which set my appetite for more talking animal cuteness. At the same time, 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 uneven, faltering dialogue, and how the entire movie 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 practically giving away all the good parts 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 had the same great urge.


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2 thoughts on “Movie Review – The Secret Life of Pets

  1. Oh, that sounds disappointing… I was really looking forward to this movie (since I’m not a cinema-goer, I have to wait) because the trailer makes it look so entertaining. I think it’s going to be difficult to replicate Zootopia because it had such a meaningful message, but who knows, I might be wrong too!

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