I think there is a reason we can’t understand animals and aren’t aware of their secret live, it is this film.
Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, the directors, are not the supervisor to have. But then I wouldn’t just blame them. In fact, I wouldn’t blame them at all. The writing is bizarrely dull. It almost looks like they went with the “first draft”. In fact at a certain point, the character says, “Why is this mouse still on my paw?” while being annoyed by the mouse in her paw. And just as annoying and repetitive that sentence was, the film feels irrelevant plenty of times. And let me draw you attention to editing as well. For instance, take the confrontational scene of Duke (Eric Stonestreet) when it visits its previous owner’s house.
The entire sequence is a big fumble, neither ready to land on any decision nor confident about what it has to say or act like. Addition to that, the editing is eerily uncomfortable to go through, none of the emotional scene tie up in one thread. As far as the content is concerned, it is exactly like Toy Story, a world within a world that feeds the same purpose and emotion concerning its equation with the human.
But it doesn’t have big stars or funny material or three dimensional characters nor is emotionally complex nor nail-biting antics, so you have that to look forward to. The vocal cast is actually hilarious from Louis CK to Kevin Hart. And it would have been a lot better if they weren’t in lease and were told to do or say what or how they feel like, at least the laughs would come in easy. The Secret Life Of Pets is no secret that it is a bad film- I am just going to say it- and it doesn’t have any life in it, pets, yes, there are tons to drool over, the animation is all adorable and cuddly.