Gradebook: The Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Life of Pets: The Gradebook is the ratings of newly released films by the contributors and fans of We Live Film and We Live Entertainment. If you are interested in participating, join the We Live Film Fan Chat Page on Facebook and look for the weekly posts of new releases.
Nick Casaletto: Secret Life of Pets (5/10)
It’s a well intentioned family film that suffers from immature humor, cliched characters and a story we have all seen before. I love the idea of pulling back the curtain on all our favorite pets and what they see/think behind closed doors. I just felt like the slap stick nature was too “kid friendly” and in a world where we have films such as Toy Story 3 and How To Train Your Dragon, this one feels flat. There are some cute and genuine moments and if you are a pet or animal lover, it will have you smiling at the screen at certain quirks only pet owners know. It is a nice family film with some great animation and terrific voice work from Louie C.K. I can’t say that this is a memorable film, nor can I highly recommend it either.
Tony Estrada: The Secret Life of Pets (7/10)
An adorable animated movie with a great concept that handles it’s basic storytelling very well. It is one of those movies that kids will enjoy more than the adults but the reason I honestly enjoyed this movie more than most adults is because of how the pets’ mannerisms are portrayed with the movie using simple gags showcasing how dogs, cats, etc. think in reality. The voice talents from Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, etc. were all great choices to voice their own characters and bring them to life. The animation just like with any Illumination Entertainment film is just so colorful and beautiful to look at. The Secret Life of Pets is not a strong film when it attempts at bringing emotions which is very unfortunate but where it is strong is bringing characters that have personalities, a well-done storyline that’s very basic, beautiful animation, great voice work, and energetic pacing that keeps the flow of the movie going.
Bryan Sudfield: Secret Life of Pets (6/10)
Well-animated, brilliantly casted & fast paced… This is a movie that is definitely for everyone all ages. But, it wasn’t as good as it could’ve been, in my opinion. The positives I opened this review with are my positives. My flaws lie with the clichés and the predictability within the film. And it feels like Toy Story beat-by-beat, which is upsetting. But overall, kids will have a blast watching this. Go at matinee.
Average We Live Film Gradebook Score for The Secret Life of Pets: 6/10
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