The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Title: The Secret Life of Petsthe-secret-life-of-pets-5656edc261129
Year: 2016
Director: Chris Renauld and Yarrow Cheney
Genre: Animated, Childrens
Date Watched: March 19, 2017
Category: A film recommended by a family member

This film was recommended to me by my fiancee’s little brother. He’s 11, and also autistic. This is one of the few films he’s ever managed to sit all the way through.

And as an animal lover the question at the heart of this movie was very close to my own heart. What do our pets do all day while we’re off at work? (or wherever else we go). Currently I have two cats, two dogs and two little foster kittens.

The basic premise is that Max gets a new brother who he can’t quite figure out how to get along with. The two get lost and have to work together to find their way back home, all while the neighbourhood animals try to find them and make sure they aren’t caught by the local dog nappers.

The Secret Life of Pets is exactly what someone would expect from a kid’s movie with a straightforward storyline, a character journey (both physical and mental), and a relatively transparent enemy. It was cute and certainly not what I hope my dogs are getting up to when I’m not home.

If you’re after something slightly emotional but mostly just cute then this is definitely worth a watch.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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