Straight From a Movie

Pensive Thoughts on Paper | Movie Reviews and Quotes Website

Tag: Brian Lynch

The Secret Life of Pets Review (2016) | Adorable and Winning

Just when you thought pets couldn’t become more adorable! The Secret Life of Pets plays with your most sensitive area – the part that goes Awww a lot. The visual animators come up with adorable characters and wrap them up with cutesy faces that it is hard not to giggle when you find them talking to each other. Even though the concept is quite an old one, a clichéd formulation per se, this lucid animation by Illumination Entertainment makes it worthy of every nod it deserves.

CHARACTERS OF THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (SPOILERS IN COVER)

Characters to watch out for are so many actually, but the one that beats them all is a cute bunny named Snowball. Kevin Hart makes the persona unforgettable. His witty liners, rogue nature and contrasting mien make him outrageously adorable. The best parts are when he misses the deceased with a crying fist pump.

still of snowball from the secret life of pets

Amongst other ones are of course Max and Duke who start off on a wrong foot but end up becoming the best of friends. It is quite affectionate to see them get along after a series of unfortunate events. Chloe as the blue tabby cat is well thought of. Her abominable shenanigans are in blunt reflection of how a cat behaves in reality. She gets a proper screenplay where she delivers haughtily to every issue like a pro. Lake Bell voices her to perfection.

Another great character is that of Gidget, a white Pomeranian who is in smothering love with Max. Unfortunately it takes the whole movie and a hell lot of beating, for Max to actually notice her for real.

All the members of The Flushed Pets make the movie interesting. Though none of them are too memorable to be cherished, they still pack in entertainment galore.

HUMOUR

There is humour alright, in little things like a poodle headbanging to Bounce by System of a Down. The secret passage of Pops, the old hound who has the hots for Chloe.

Norman, the lost guinea pig, who comes out at odd intervals to deliver something funny. That Steve Coogan voice of Ozone, the Sphinx cat who happens to be the only true villain of The Secret Life of Pets. All such bits will tickle you fine. But to be really candid it isn’t all that funny. Most of the funny bits were already shown in the trailer, that left the movie in some stark deprivation.

HEARTWARMING MOMENTS

In the end, we get to see the doting side of the pet-human relationship that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Also, when a little girl finds Snowball in the end and he goes jab jab at her only to give in when she touches his head, is definitely going to melt you. It is satisfying to see him finally escape the dark side.

DOWNSIDES OF THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

The big downside of The Secret Life of Pets lies with the filmmakers. No matter how bad Illumination Entertainment tries, they can never do a Pixar. A sense of sentience is always missing in their work. Also, their humour has this weird way of skimming only the shallow surfaces. There is nothing genuine to their storyline either. You have a good look at it from a distance and you realize, their work always wades towards the purposeless.

Despite the obvious problems that Illumination Entertainment deal with every release, they still manage to make The Secret Life of Pets fairly delectable.

Check out the trailer of The Secret Life of Pets movie here:

Minions Review (2015)

Minions is still adorable however scores low on plot.

Those lil’ yellow awesome dumb creatures are back. This time with their cuteness, (Bob), their intelligence (Kevin) and their guitar (Stuart). Their mission – to find the greatest villains of all times. So primarily to seek their purpose in life. Isn’t that something we endeavour to do?

Minions goes back to its origin and tries to portray ‘the how’ in the backdrop of the credits. Some of the beginning parts were pretty much included in the trailer itself. There is a narration that helps you understand the whole point like a diegesis (since you can’t make out what any of the minion is saying) which dies out pretty soon.

The story is pretty vacuous, if you closely look at it. Nothing much that it has. Seems like a child giving wings to his imagination. You know that it’s stupid but you still watch to see what’s next. It concludes at an interesting juncture, which as a matter of fact, everybody saw coming.

Humour is mostly slapstick. Weird things keep happening, and you can’t really ask why. It beats logic. You just have to accept it and gulp everything that goes beyond the point of explanation.

The movie is a bland spin-off solely intended to rake in moolahs, which I am pretty sure everybody is aware of. It’s just that these lil creatures are so cute and adorable that we want to see more of them. Even if there is nothing much for them to do, watching them talk, fall, be themselves, simply makes our day.

So if you don’t feel intelligent lately, you have got yourself a movie.