MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life of Pets
SET in a Manhattan apartment building, The Secret Life of Pets is the new animated film from the creators of Despicable Me.
Dog Max's life as a favourite pet is turned upside down when the Terrier's owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke.
They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of lost pets determined to take revenge on humans.
I have to admit that this film's trailer was underwhelming, and did not entice me to watch the feature, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself engaged with the story.
The idea of the film is: what happens to our pet when you leave for work every day?
Enough to fill two hours of an engaging family film? Actually, yes.
In a world when almost every film release is a sequel, prequel, reboot or spin off from a book, TV series or film, The Secret Life of Pets is a fresh film that defies the trend.
This is the first film to open over $100 million in the United States that is not a sequel or based on previously published material.
And because it's a brand new story, it's an engaging one.
It does take a while to get to know these talking animals but once introductions are finished, the story unfolds.
This film has plenty of obscure but interesting references to pop culture to keep adults interested too, such as a very special rabbit that kept reminding me of a certain killer bunny in the comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
There are also several references to humans worrying about their mobile phones more than their pets.
In the preceding short, Mower Minions, keep an eye on a gnome that also makes it into the main film.
The Secret Life of Pets is a fun film for the whole family with plenty of story lines to explore in future sequels and spin-offs.
The Secret Life of Pets
Stars: Louis CK, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart.
Directors: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud.
Verdict: 4/5 stars