Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016) ★★★★★


The City of New York has witnessed many incredible and mind blowing events as per Marvel’s movies, or in the latest Ninja Turtles installment where our favorite heroes guard the Big Apple at night. But in the modern New York there are things happening which is much more interesting and serious than all the Avengers Heroes can even possibly imagine – and that’s called The Secret Life of Pets.

While people leave their houses for work, they leave their beloved pets at home hoping to find them right in the same spot where they were left off. But what those owners are not aware of is about the double lives of each animal they left behind for a few hours – they dance, play with the ball, go for a walk with a dog walker, watch Latin American telenovelas, rescue each other from trouble, fall in love and find new friends. Indeed, there is certainly something we all should learn from the secret life of pets, and that is how to be united.

Max (Louis C.K.) is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building. He gets everything he needs to feel himself as the King of the House until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. Being angry, jealous and with no desire to share his time with his owner, Max, instead of becoming friends with Duke starts creating trouble that soon both of them will be in. During their regular walk, Max and Duke were taken away by animal control, but shortly after were saved by a vicious bunny named Snowball, who expects our heroes to join to his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who’ve done them wrong.

Luckily, Max had an admirer, Gidget, who once finds out about the disappearance of her loved one and embarks herself into a journey with Tiberius to save Max from captivity. As the friends gather together to discuss the plan to travel across New York to find their best friend, there will be many hilarious things happening: a bunny that controls crocodiles, half disabled dog that falls for cat, and Gidget who love for Max is so strong that seems nothing ever can stop her to complete her rescue mission successfully.

The Secret Life of Pets is the kind of animated film where you simply can’t stop but be amazed by great computer graphics, and ability to do unthinkable with the characters. Each of them are so alive that you don’t even question yourself in the quality of this superbly made animated film. The writers even managed to adopt the most famous line from SOME LIKE IT HOT, where Pops uses the same sentence that was used by Osgood Fielding III where in Jerry’s response an old man says, “nobody is perfect”. Now imagine what happened with Chloe the cat, when she hears how an old dog introduces her to his friends as his girlfriend.

In conclusion, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS is an absolutely adorable film about the pets that live their own secret life while we’re all out of home. Moreover, after you watch this film, you will, most likely, have a desire to install a hidden camera at home to spy on your pets. But they are so clever that, I am afraid, they will be able to figure out your plan before you even complete planning it. This film is not only worth seeing with the entire family, but also will change your point of you about your pets, and perhaps, even love and care about them more. After all, what can be better than a dog or a cat that stands in front of the door that waits for you to return home?


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