The kids are off school, the weather won’t make up its mind, and your sanity is at breaking point. You need help – and it’s possible only one film can provide the kind of assistance you require right now.
That film is the animated superhero comedy, DC League of Super-Pets. The movie – directed by Jared Stern – features the voice talents of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, and Natasha Lyonne, and details the adventures of Superman’s dog, Krypto, and his super-powered pals.
In the film, Krypto is a super-duper canine with similar powers to Superman. He can fly, shoot laser beams from his eyes, and he knows how to work a cape.
With his best friend by his side, Krypto’s life is one filled with rescue missions and good times! That is until Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped by a deranged and demented guinea pig, by the name of Lulu (aka LV1U).
Lulu has gained super powers thanks to some orange Kryptonite, and she plans to rid the world of its greatest champions in a bid to impress Lex Luthor. And after depowering Krypto with some good ol’ fashioned green Kryptonite, it looks like she might succeed!
However, Krypto soon discovers he’s not alone, and a rag-tag group of super-powered pets – including a size-changing pig and a potty-mouthed turtle – might be able to help him. Can Krypto and his league of dysfunctional colleagues save the day, or will Earth succumb to the power of Lulu?!
If the above premise sounds like something you, or the youngsters in your life might like to watch, then I suggest you grab the rugrats and head to your nearest cinema pronto. DC League of Super-Pets opens in cinemas from today, and is sure to be a big hit over the summer season.
I’m 40 years-old, I don’t have kids, and was probably one of the few people in my screening who was not accompanying a child to watch the movie, and yet, I loved it. I found the film to be a heartfelt action-adventure romp, which boasts plenty of gags, lots of enjoyable moments, and some great character work.
I don’t mind admitting that I smiled, I laughed (a lot), and I even let out a tear or two. The film is a huge amount of fun, it never loses steam, and offers plenty of entertainment.
However, I don’t believe I enjoyed the movie even a fraction as much as some of the younger members of the audience in my screening. If I was to rate the success of the movie based purely on the giggles that accompanied the movie alone, DC League of Super-Pets would get a whopping score of eleven-ty out of ten.
Some of the kids watching this film were having a total blast. I expect the combination or crazy characters, super powers, and the conveyor belt of jokes proved to be the perfect mix – and let me tell you, it is!
The film is a treat for old and young, for long-term comic book fans and newcomers, and everyone in between. It is a tour de force of loveliness, and a big warm hug when you need it most.
One of the key themes of DC League of Super-Pets is friendship. The movie focuses very much on the relationship between Krypto and Superman, as well as the developing friendship between Krypto and his pet pals, and it never loses sight of the importance of companionship, teamwork, and love.
This is a film which draws its greatest strength from caring and sharing, and it wears its heart and its feelings on its sleeve. If you want something meaningful to watch, that inspires its audience to do good, then this is the animated picture for you.
I also expect that anyone watching this film will fall in love with its fine cast of characters. Whether it’s Wonder Woman and Aquaman, or Chip the squirrel and PB the potbellied pig, there are a lot of great heroes in the movie.
One of the stand-out stars is Merton – a short-sighted, foul-mouthed turtle, played by Natasha Lyonne. Merton gets many of the best lines, and is a wonderful character, guaranteed to cause plenty of belly laughs.
Lyonne plays the part just right. She has fun with the role, and it really shows.
But then, the same can be said for the rest of the cast, from Kate McKinnon hamming it up as Lulu, to Keanu Reeves having a ball playing Batman, the film makes the most of its cast. A cast that includes all the names mentioned at the top of this review, as well as the likes of Diego Luna, Keith David, Alfred Molina, Lena Headey, and Jameela Jamil, amongst others.
However, it is Dwayne Johnson who truly shines in this film, taking on the lead role of Krypto. Johnson fills the part with such warmth and authority, that I can’t imagine anyone else playing Superman’s best friend.
And of course, with Johnson’s Krypto having to find some new friends in Superman’s absence, it seems only natural that he looks to Ace the Bat-Hound, who is voiced by Kevin Hart. The Johnson/Hart combo is becoming somewhat legendary these days, thanks to all the movies they have worked on together, and it’s great to have them playing two important characters (and friends) in this picture.
Unless you’ve been at the sauce, or you’re paying little to no attention, you should know by now that I thoroughly enjoyed DC League of Super-Pets. It’s fun, frothy, and filled with fabulous friends.
Don’t spend any more time debating it, get your tickets booked and treat the kids. A trip to see this film will keep them amused for a few hours, and you’ll find yourself entertained too.