The filmmakers behind “Despicable Me” seem to have another hit on their hands with “The Secret Life of Pets,” in which Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, and Lake Bell voice loveable pets in a cute story that shows what really happens when they are home alone.
With a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a gross of over $70 million, this is the latest proof that animated movies are the hit genre of the summer.
Here’s why critics think you should watch this..
For many of us, the closest way to our hearts is through our pets. And this movie knows exactly what we want.
'There are some funny-sweet observations about pets and our projections on to them,' Time Out wrote.
'Animals snuggling on beds or rolling over for belly rubs, stern humans turned suddenly goofy as they make faces at their goldfish or embrace their squirming gerbils. They're not exactly the scenes-from-a-marriage sequence from 'Up' -- but they are awfully sweet,' NJ.com said.
Two pets are mistakenly taken by animal control and it's up to all their pet friends to save them before their owners get home. Yeah, sounds pretty much like a 'Toy Story' plot.
Empire has some other examples: '... from the colourful characters in the group they leave behind, to the murderous villains they encounter, and even the idea their owners are unaware of their secret lives.'
However, Variety notes, 'The formula may be familiar, but the personalities are completely fresh.'
With all this 'Toy Story' talk, it should be noted that this is not a Pixar movie, though it seems the filmmakers used the same playbook.
NPR wrote that the movie 'has recognised a winning formula and followed it appealingly, with brightness, pace, and a fusillade of slapstick and verbal gags.'
'... it feels like they have finally cracked the code on making a silly-animals movie that's just deranged enough to keep you watching, yet harmless enough not to truly offend anyone,' the Village Voice wrote.
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