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A little too predictable but a nice movie nonetheless
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2019
It's hard to make a bad movie featuring talking animals and their adventures.
"The Secret Life of Pets," thankfully, is not a bad movie. It's charming for the most part with some high adventure in some scenes and a little pathos thrown in for good measure.
So, in essence, it's a nice movie.
It's not a great movie, however, and I put the blame for that on the writers. The plot is... well to put it bluntly it's overdone. Faithful pet is confronted with a conflict - a second pet. They don't get along but then, after a hair-raising adventure, they become fast friends.
I'm sorry but that's been done, and done, and done again.
What rescues this movie, however, is - ironically - the writing. The dialogue is good and some of the characters (a really bad bunny, for example) are nicely imagined.
The animation (do we still call it that even though it's done with computers?) is well done. The direction is smooth, and the voice actors (especially - in my opinion - Lake Bell as a cat with a real attitude) are spot on in their characterizations.
Worth watching, even if you don't have kids, despite the fact it's just a little too predictable.