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Opinion of the Week (Oct. 24‒29, 2016)
Review: The Secret Life of Pets (2016) <6->
I guess this is another one of those animated movies that has an appealing quality to it but only feels very unoriginal and boring to me. It looks like a movie that's trying to achieve the same success and reputation as a Pixar movie, and it even parallels the same concepts and plots of the Toy Story movies too much of the way, not unique enough and with far less humor and heart. The character who parallels "Andy" is a girl named Katie who owns the dogs Max and Duke. The only reason her character is important is because she owns the dogs and sometimes goes away. We don't know if she goes to work or to school or some other regular place. We don't know anything about her human friends or family. The only personality trait she has is that she loves dogs and sometimes buys one from the pound when she wants one to have a home. She should have had way more to her character design. The pet characters here and there are just typical animal characters you'd find in a typical animal movie. The title "The Secret Life of Pets" applies only to scenes that are viewable in the movie's trailers, which were viewable long before the movie came out, so it was overly familiar. The plot of the movie was more about going on an adventure and getting lost, and less about doing what you do when humans aren't looking. And even these story concepts didn't make sense enough or flow well enough. I do like, however, the appearance of the New York City background; the skyscrapers seem stylized to appear more numerous, taller, shinier, and closer together than in real life, in a way that makes them look beautiful. The center of attention in this city skyline is the new World Trade Center tower, which made a good contribution.
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