THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (G)
DIRECTOR: YARROW CHENEY, CHRIS RENAUD STARRING: LOUIS CK, ERIC STONESTREET, KEVIN HART OUR CRITIC CHRIS SILVINI RATES IT
IT’S THE question that every pet owner has asked at some point. What exactly do our beloved fur-kids get up to when we’re not at home? Do they sit by the door obediently waiting for us to return from the daily grind? Or do they have an entire life of their own, with friendship circles, secret crushes, favourite hangouts and arch nemeses?
Well, if The Secret Life of Pets is to be believed, it’s the latter, and the results are chaotic, charming and wildly entertaining.
The central story revolves around terrier Max, who lives a contented life with his owner/soulmate Katie in their modest Manhattan apartment, surrounded by his furry clan of neighbourhood pals. Max’s world is turned on its head when Katie adopts the giant shaggy stray Duke. The pair take an instant disliking to each other and so begins the battle to become top dog.
If the premise sounds a little familiar (*cough* Toy Story), in many ways it is.
But where Secret Life shines is in the cast of lovable characters. From Gidget the feisty, lovesick Pomeranian, to Snowball the adorable (and completely psychotic) white bunny, there’s a favourite critter for everyone – surely a merchandise sales bonanza.
But it’s also full of howling laughs, the multiple storylines combining for a fastpaced, rollicking adventure through (and under) New York City – all set to a banging soundtrack.
It’s beautifully animated, consistently funny, and will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. A guaranteed school holiday winner for the young and young at heart.