The Secret Life Of Pets 2  (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Secret Life Of Pets was a great concept in need of a better film.  Thankfully The Secret Life Of Pets 2, whilst far from perfect, at least does a far more even job of delivering the film we all wanted first time out. Okay so it’s still VERY Toy Story in its execution but even a lesser version of Toy Story can still make for a fun,  sometimes funny, often witty film.  It’s hardly essential viewing but, if like me, you need a way to distract a kid across a Sunday afternoon you can do far worse.

Best Bit: Vets

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Secret Life Of Pets, Toy Story, Despicable Me 2 

 


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The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Secret Life of Pets is basically Toy Story without Pixar.   That’s not a bad thing of course but it does feel like somewhat of a retread of the much better Pixar classic.  It’s charming, funny and (occasionally) smart.  It’s also not as funny as it should have been, not as clever as you want it to be and not as charming as it thinks it is… which is a shame as the film has bucket loads of potential. Ultimately the kids will love it, adults with find it witty and it will make money.  Hopefully of the sequel they can develop the bits that worked best into a what could be a comedy gem.

Best Bit: When the owners leave…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Toy Story, Despicable Me 2, Toy Story 3

 


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The Grinch (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Grinch (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From its pre-credit Minion short film to its typically cute Illumination studios animation, you know almost immediately that The Grinch will place you in steady, safe hands. That’s not a bad thing – the film is not overlong, enjoyable and funny,  you just know from the off that there’s going to be no Pixar style revolution here.  To be fair it’s probably not even an evolution.  But it was worth watching, my daughter loved it and pretty much that’s all you could ask for right?

Best Bit: Fred

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Secret Life Of Pets, Despicable Me, The Minions Movie

 


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Ferdinand – A Quick Capsule Review

Ferdinand – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From the makers of Ice Age comes a kids comedy about sending bulls to the slaughter house and murdering them in bull fights in Spain.  Yup kids films have changed.  Ferdinand, despite it’s somewhat morbid story overtones, is mostly fun even if it does feel a bit long by the end.  Its well acted (surprisingly considering Wrestler John Cena voices the titular character) and well animated and the kids with me loved it.  So maybe not for younger kids but there’s enough to enjoy here…

Best Bit: Bull. China Shop.

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Ice Age, The Secret Life Of Pets, Coco

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Author: Phil Hobden

The Secret Life Of Pets – A Quick Capsule Review

The Secret Life Of Pets – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Secret Life of Pet’s is basically Toy Story without Pixar.   That’s not a bad thing of course but it does feel like somewhat of a retread of the much better Pixar classic.  It’s charming, funny and (occasionally) smart.  It’s also not as funny as it should have been, not as clever as you want it to be and not as charming as it thinks it is… which is a shame as the film has bucket loads of potential. Ultimately the kids will love it, adults with find it witty and it will make money.  Hopefully of the sequel they can develop the bits that worked best into a what could be a comedy gem.

Best Bit: When the owners leave…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Toy Story, Despicable Me 2, Toy Story 3

IMDB Rating: 

 

Author: Phil Hobden