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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS movie review (no spoilers) – BLIND FILM CRITIC


This episode of the Blind Film Critic is brought to you by Unique Energy Drink. The Uncommon Energy built with health in mind. Hey, you know, this is called "The Secret Life of Pets" and I don't think I heard anybody whisper. How are you going to keep a secret like that? [laughs] Coming out of the theater I was pretty happy. "The Secret Life of Pets" is nice a little family film. You know, there's something in it for the parents. There's something in it for the kids. You know, for what it is, it's quite good. Of course there's a bunch of sight gags in this one but they said a lot of funny stuff. I mean, I was actually laughing out loud in the theater. Let's talk about the story. I mean, this story has a lot of heart.

It really does. And the characters are all so well defined. I mean, I knew who everybody was. There was no confusion on my part at all. And this is cool because this is coming from somebody who can't see them. Now all that being said, this is a 90 minute long film and to me it felt a little long. I got to be honest.

I'm getting towards the part where the end of the adventure and they're still developing characters. Hello? [laughs] Take your time everybody. We're in no hurry. Louis C.K. is Max. And you know what? I thought he did a really nice job of bringing some innocence to this character and it also came across how much he loved his master and how much his master loved him. They really showed the relationship well in this film.

Eric Stonestreet is Duke. Now he does a great job too. You can tell he is a different kind of a dog. He's a little bit of a goofier, bigger dog. And I don't know, his voice really helped to portray that for me. Kevin Hart is Snowball. Boy, does he bring personality to this character. It's fantastic. I loved him. I just loved everything about him. He always made me laugh and made me smile every time he was on. And he had so much to work with. There's was plenty for him to do. SNOWBALL: It's a like a club, but with bitin' and scratchin'! TOMMY: Lake Bell was Chloe. Now, at first I thought she was written a lot better than it was performed but she performed the part of a cat really well. You know, just sort of that cat attitude.

I guess it'd be "catitude" wouldn't? [laughs] How about Dana Carvey as Pops. I mean, this was so good I didn't even realize it was Dana Carvey, I swear. That's how good he was. And you could say the same for Albert Brooks' Tiberius. I didn't recognize him at first but he was so great. I mean, he has to be, right? He was playing a hawk, so he has to be a little more stoic. There was a little bit of an accent to him. And he was just brilliant.
TIBERIUS: Too stupid to talk and too ugly to eat.
TOMMY: You know the one person that was missing from this that I really thought would add a lot to this movie. Even just a little bit. How about, Snoop Dogg? For shizzle.

[music] When it comes to an animated film versus a live-action one, for somebody who's blind since birth, it's kind of the same because there all these big giant stars and if you were to close your eyes and just listen to it, I mean, you know it does sound like a live-action thing. Afterall, these people do play characters, right? And they human personalities and stuff. But you're reminded it's an animated film because they're just doing things that humans can't do. Plus, all the sounds and the music make it very cartoonish, you know. For example, when they run across the room. You hear the running sound, but it's built right into the score of the film and it really works or perhaps when something falls, you know, it doesn't fall like it does in a regular movie.

It's got more of a comedic thud to it or makes a weird sound. And that's the difference I notice between animated and live-actions films. So for "The Secret Life of Pets" I'm going to give this one 3 out of 4 eyes open. Me, I'm waiting for the sequel, and I know exactly what's going to be called… "The Secret Life of PLANTS" [theme music] Thanks to our sponsor Unique Energy Drink. The Uncommon Energy Built with Health in Mind. You know, what's different about this than other energy drinks is it's got Red Reishi Mushrooms.

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