I am at a lost for words. No, I'm not kidding. I honestly don't know what to say about "The Secret Life of Pets." I decided to watch it for one reason or another, and I'm just left in shock by what I just watched. Oh, not because it's bad or anything, on the contrary. This movie is just absolutely bizarre! It makes no sense! It left me feeling so confused that I don't know what to say. Yeah, I'm not kidding. This movie, "The Secret Life of Pets", is so random, so odd, and makes very little to no sense, is just absolutely insane that I'm still speechless. The movie is in no way near as good as Illumination Entertainment's other movie series "Despicable Me". Those movies actually tried to be movies. They told stories that made sense. This doesn't, yet it's so enjoyable because of how strange it is. I'll try to tell the story as best as I can because trust me. It's really something!
So, in New York City, when owners of pets leave the house, the animals do whatever they want. They do things you expect pets to do when you leave the house. However, one dog named Max (Louis C.K.) just sits by the door and waits for his owner Katie to come home. However, one day, she comes home but with another dog named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Instantly, Max gets jealous of him and wants him out of the house (I mean apartment). So, after being taken to the dog park, the two get in a fight and get lost in the city far away from the comfort of their home. And now, here's where things get strange. Okay, so they get thrown into an alley where a bunch of cats are and get their collars stolen which leads to them getting captured by animal catcher which leads to a bunch of animals led by a bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart) breaking into the truck to rescue one of their allies for their gang the Flushed Pets which leads to Max and Duke asking to be broken out which leads to them escaping into the sewer, but not before the animal control truck blows up. And that's only a few minutes of the insanity that is in this movie.
I'll say the things I did get from this "movie" before I talk about my opinion on the insane story. I did like the animation as I do in all of Illumination's movies. It's bright and colorful. I also like Kevin Hart's character Snowball. He's this weird devilish rabbit planning to overthrow the humankind because he was abandoned by his previous owner. The voice acting is good from the others, except for two. Both Jenny Slate's and Albert Brooks' voices stood out like a sore thumb as I kept thinking of the better-animated movies they were in last year (Slate was in "Zootopia" while Brooks was in "Finding Dory"). Now, let me talk about my opinion on the story. At first, I didn't like it because of how unlikable the main characters were. Then, the movie just spiraled out off control into this madness which involves a crazy bus chase, a car exploding, a weird party that the pets are having, and a totally confusing sausage factory scene. Yeah, it is that crazy of a movie. And personally I kind of like the insanity! Not a lot, but I thought it was very out there and odd that it was fun watching.
So, as a whole "The Secret Life of Pets" is a really mixed bag. It has both good and bad, but it's the story that had a big impact. It's one crazy mixed up story, that I liked for some of the insanity. I honestly thought it was sort of enjoyable for how nuts it was, but I don't know if I would watch it again. So, if you're expecting a nice, funny, animated comedy with animals, you won't find it here. But if you like a movie that is so insane, so crazy, and just totally nuts that you'll have fun questioning what you saw, then this movie's for you.