The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

86 min|Animation, Adventure, Comedy|08 Jul 2016
6.5Rating: 6.5 / 10 from 218,707 usersMetascore: 61
The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Setelah sukses besar melalui seri Despicable Me dan Minions kini studio Illumination mencoba membangun franchise baru melalui The Secret Life of Pets. Chris Renaud yang juga menggarap seri Despicable Me kembali duduk di bangku sutradara. Seperti film-film sebelumnya, The Secret Life of Pets juga menawarkan karakter-karakter yang unik dengan polah konyol mereka.

Alkisah Max adalah seorang anjing peliharaan yang hidup bahagia bersama majikannya, Katie. Semuanya berubah ketika Katie membawa anjing peliharaan baru bernama Duke. Persaingan diantara mereka memuncak hingga akhirnya mereka berdua tersesat di belantara kota Manhattan. Gidget, anjing peliharaan yang menyukai Max memutuskan untuk menolong pujaan hatinya bersama rekan-rekannya. Sementara Max dan Duke terlibat dalam sebuah petualangan seru dan terlibat pertikaian dengan satu kelompok peliharan anti manusia yang dipimpin si kelinci putih, Snowball.

Kisah filmnya amat sederhana dan bertempo cepat, terus berjalan mengikuti petualangan Max dan Duke. Hal yang menarik adalah belasan tokoh-tokohnya yang unik dan menonjol dengan polahnya mereka masing-masing. Semua tokoh, diluar Max dan Duke, mendapatkan porsi yang seimbang sehingga penonton cukup untuk mendapat ruang untuk mengenal mereka. Kisahnya yang relatif standar untuk film sejenis tertutup dengan karakter-karakter eksentrik seperti si kelinci Snowball, Gidget, si elang, Tiberius, si kucing Chloe, hingga si anjing tua, Pops. Cukup nikmati polah lucu mereka tanpa ekspektasi lebih. Film ditutup dengan manis melalui sekuen yang menggambarkan hubungan tokoh-tokoh ini dengan para majikan mereka.

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The Secret Life of Pets tidak memberikan kedalaman tema seperti studio pesaingnya namun film penuh warna ini amat menghibur penonton segala usia khususnya anak-anak. Penonton yang memiliki hewan peliharaan sepertinya bakal bisa menikmati film ini lebih dalam. Studio animasi Illumination memang memilih pendekatan dan formula yang berbeda ketimbang Pixar atau Dreamworks Animation. Sejauh ini mereka berhasil dan tinggal menanti waktu franchise baru ini bakal berkibar.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on montasefilm.com, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.

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