Everyone thinks their dog is the best pet ever!!! So, we should not be surprised when our dogs feel the exact same way. My last pet, Spanky, was affectionately nicknamed PWA (puppy with attitude). We loved each other to death and he had a plethora of shenanigans. He would throw himself in front the door, run around barking to anyone in the house who would listen whenever I would attempt to leave the house and sometimes even howl like a wolf head thrown back in full gusto mode. I wouldn’t trade one single second of any of it, because if nothing else he was the one I knew loved me no matter what.
Krypto the Super-Dog (Dwayne Johnson) and Superman (John Krasinski) are inseparable besties sharing the same superpowers fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, when Supes (Kryto’s nickname for his lifetime buddy) and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto is desperate to convince a group of shelter animals to master their newfound powers to Superman and restore order to the city and his doggie life. On the flip side Lulu (villainously voiced by the hilarious Kate McKinnon) is desperate to reunite with her science soulmate Lex Luthor (Marc Maron) so they may accomplish world domination together. If this flick gets a sequel, the duo could become villains working together against Krypto…just saying audiences would welcome that pairing.
It’s no secret that I am a sucker for animated flicks, especially those with talking animals and babies. Directed and co-directed by Jared Stern and Sam Levine, DC League of Super-Pets has a lot going on and I was there for all of it! We have a brooding Batman (Keanu Reeves)who is so self absorbed it derails his ability to chip in and help with the rescue efforts at times (which by the way sis pure comedy). We’ve got a bravo-esque dreamer Ace (Kevin Hart), who just wants to feel needed underneath that tough exterior.
Most of all, we have numerous scenes where we get to see what the humans hear when dogs are talking vs what they are actually communicating, which made me holla out loud. There are tearjerker moments like finding out why and how Ace ended up in the shelter and cheers of joy when the entire Justice League pitches in to help this awkward party of pups accomplish their mission. Hart and Johnson have undeniable energy in animation and that type of chemistry is worth is weight in gold, while forwarding messages to be heeded by kids and adults alike. In this instance, the lesson is to treat everyone the way you want to be treated – with common decency, respect and little unconditional love. Remember accepting change and embracing friendships as they ebb, flow and shift is part of life’s biggest lessons and whether you are 5 or 50 we can all stand to get a little reminder every once in while.
DC League of Super-Pets is a family film that will entertain the most cynical of animated adult goers and will leave your heart bursting with joy to run home for a hug from your furry bestie. And, it doesn’t hurt to have a special surprise treat at the end for those anticipating Black Adam.