DC League of Super-Pets ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali
Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, Krypto must master his own powers for a rescue mission when Superman is kidnapped. Out in cinemas right now.
The film has already been out for a few days, so I’m pretty sure all the possible jokes about this this being “A dog’s dinner” must have been made already… And while of course it’s not that great, I have to confess that having come to this with the lowest of expectations, (I have hated all the previous Secret Live of Pets movies, to which this owes a lot), overall I was mostly won over by the anarchic style of comedy (even though The LEGO Batman Movie plays a lot of the same tricks with often better and funnier results) and generally entertained by the idea.
The film is clearly made by people who love and care for comics and superheroes, as proven by the many in-jokes, references to past events and even music cues which remind us of other previous films (including bits from the immortal soundtrack by John Williams from the original and un-matched Superman the Movie).
I recognise this is certainly not a film made for me, but my son seemed to enjoy it and so did all the other kids in the cinema today; they are the target audience for this.
The animation and action is vibrant enough, the irreverent comedy, though fairly predictable, is amusing throughout and the voice cast is well beyond what’s expected from this sort of film: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Diego Luna, John Krasinski are only some of the big names to populate the film as well as a criminally underused Keanu Reeves as Batman.
In retrospect this is possibly the best Superman movie I’ve seen in quite a while, possibly because let’s face it, Superman is a pretty boring character so that fact that he’s kidnapped in this story and he needs to be rescued by his “super-dog” Krypton, means that he’s actually out of the picture for most of the running time and that can only be a good thing.
Obviously there’s no escape from the fact that this is a superhero movie masked off as a “pet movie” (with all the trappings you would expect from both kinds of products), but underneath all that it’s about the relationship between a pet and human. And that when the film works at its best, when it slows down a bit, gets quieter and less chaotic and stops being just another super-hero mash-up.
Given the horrible Marvel (and DC) output we’ve had to endure of the past few months, this is one of the least offensive. At least it doesn’t hide the fact that it’s a film aimed at children and doesn’t pretend to be anything else.
It’s still miles away from Into the Spiderverse from 2018, which is still one of the best animated superhero movie I’ve ever seen, but then again, most films are.
Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.
DC League of Super-Pets is out in cinemas right now.
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