The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

secretDirector: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney

Writer: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch, Simon Rich (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Louis C.K. Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey


Plot: The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.


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Verdict: Disappointing Animated Comedy


Story: The Secret Life of Pets starts as we meet Max who life is all about being with his owner Katie who live in New York and have an amazing bond in his eyes but he struggles to deal with her leaving for work every day. With Max living in an apartment he has a neighbour in Gidget and well a host of other pets who get left while their owners go to daily routines.

Max’s life is turned upside down when Katie brings a new dog home Duke who throws Max’s perfect little world out the window as he is no longer the alpha of the apartment.

When the rivalry between Max and Duke reaches new levels, they find themselves taken to the pound only to be saved by Snowball a bunny who leads a gang of abandoned pets. While back home Gidget leads the party to of other pets from the building to look and save Max before their owners come home.


Thoughts on The Secret Life of Pets


StoryThe story going on here is something that is very much for kids to enjoy, we get a deeper meaning of that pets are for life but this doesn’t become the main part of the story which is disappointing. The adventure the characters goes on feels like it could just be a one off television special gone mad if I am to be honest and borrows so much for more established movies out there.

Animation/Comedy/FamilyWhen it comes to animation it is all good but you have come to expect that from animated film now. The comedy is nearly all slapstick and barely comes off while I do feel the whole family wouldn’t enjoy this as it would be more suitable for just the kids out there.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters are all painfully stereotypes you would think when you see the animals involved which in the end shows the writers just don’t seem to have had animals in their own lives, the voice overs all for the character they are playing by not having the biggest names behind the characters.

SettingsThe film uses New York as the setting which is a scary place for people but just think what it would be like for the animals living there, that is captured in this film well.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very kid friendly film that just doesn’t hit all the marks it should for the potential it had while it ends up being just a slack lazy story telling we have seen before.


Overall: Plain average kid film that just isn’t that special.




Minions (2015)

logoDirector: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

Writer: Brian Lynch (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, Steve Carell

Plot: Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

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Verdict: Slow, Unfunny Animation

Story: Minions starts with the Minions looking for a boss, they always want to work with the most evil possible person. We watch how they go through countless time periods with iconic characters through history including Dinosaurs, Dracula and Egyptians. When the Minions start searching for a new villain to worship Kevin, Stuart and Bob go in search of their next leader.

The search takes them to New York 1968 where the three Minion stumble upon the villain network where they hear about an event where they can make new friends and find a new master. When the Minions in the competition from Scarlett Overkill they become her newest Minions. Scarlett wants the Minion to steal the crown jewels from the Tower of London. When Bob pulls out the mythical sword from the stone he becomes King of England with Scarlett now coming after the Minions.

Minions is a film that is meant to be the origins of the Minions which is fine, but nothing really happens, we watch them try and find a new villain which turns out to be a generic boring one at that. The horrendously stereotyped British jokes just get boring quickly. I was never a fan of Despicable Me but did like the Minions character but in the end the characters are only supporting characters only they can’t carry a film. (4/10)

Characters Review

Stuart, Kevin and Bob: These are our three hapless Minions who go in search of a new master, their adventure takes them to England where they become King of England, but when Scarlett wants to become Queen the Minions have to fight for their freedom. The three work in a supporting roles but not as a lead role. (4/10)minions

Scarlett Overkill: Scarlett is the new super villain that is looking for new henchman when the Minions win the prize she wants them to help make her Queen of England before turning on them. Scarlett is a boring villain that we have seen before. (3/10)scarlett

Support Characters: Minions has supporting characters that are all generic and boring that don’t end up adding enough to the final film.

Director Review: Kyle Balda, Pierre CoffinDisappointed with the final product because we get lay and boring jokes throughout. (3/10)

Animation: Minions has top quality animation but that can’t cover up the poor story. (6/10)

Comedy: Minions lazy simple jokes throughout. (3/10)

Family: Minions would be one for the family to potentially enjoy but then I didn’t enjoy it but the kids could enjoy it. (4/10)

Settings: Minions creates a 1968 setting with simple icon settings to let us know where the Minions are in. (6/10)

Suggestion: Minions is one for the die hard fans of the Minions because I just didn’t enjoy this one. (Minions Fans Try)

Best Part: Gru.

Worst Part: The Rest.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: Odd bits in the credits.

Oscar Chances:

Box Office: $290 Million

Budget: $74 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: Uh oh.

Trivia: Director Pierre Coffin voices all 899 minions in this film.

Overall: Basic, Simple and boring comedy.