DC League of Super-Pets review: A fun movie for families

We’ve seen Superman’s origin story in movies like 1978’s Superman and latest, Man of steel. However, we’ve never seen the origin story of Superman’s best friend: a Labrador named Krypto. Now, in an age of Avengers, Justice Leagues and Guardians of the Galaxy, a new superhero team has arrived to lend the world a helping hand. DC League of Super-Pets is the latest animated superhero comedy from Jared Stern, co-writer of The LEGO Batman Movie. This movie has Krypto (Dwayne Johnson) teaming up with a group of pets led by Ace (Kevin Hart) to save the Justice League.

This is a fun and inventive take on the superhero genre with an approach that makes it all worth watching. A movie about a bunch of animals with superpowers is exciting in all the right ways, and this movie does an excellent job of bringing that idea to life. The film knows what it is and has loads of fun, reuniting the stars from Central Intelligence and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle for another entertaining adventure filled with impressive animation.

Krypto is the lovable hero we never knew we needed. The Rock does a phenomenal job voicing this super-powered dog with a bespectacled secret identity named Bark Kent. He has a classic, loving relationship with his owner, Superman (John Krasinski). The opening finds fun ways for the two Kryptonians to interact and play fetch in ways only these two could. However, Krypto becomes jealous of the growing relationship between Superman and Lois Lane and worries about being replaced.

After an evil hairless guinea pig named Lulu (portrayed by the inimitable Kate McKinnon) robs Krypto of his powers and kidnaps the Justice League, a humorously weakened Krypto must team up with a newly formed team of super shelter pets to save the day. Everything about this movie is as impressive as you would hope. Each pet in the film has a distinct, likable personality that makes you root for them as they are thrown into an explosive situation to save the world from. It’s a film that offers every entertainment value the genre has to offer, with laugh-out-loud action and animated action.

There is a lot of fun to be had with 3D computer-animated superhero action sequences, as seen in films such as The incredible and Big Hero 6. Although the action here is not among the best in the genre, the film never fails to dazzle with its visuals and outrageous comedy. There is well-written humor that can make even adults laugh with its witty charm and small details. Johnson and Hart bring their established chemistry to this film, and McKinnon flexes every comedic muscle she has as the film’s evil antagonist.

Furthermore, after this year, Robert Pattinson was recruited as the Caped Crusader in Batman, this film brings in another legendary actor to fill the shoes of this iconic superhero. Keanu Reeves plays the character of Batman in this film, and while he doesn’t have much screen time, he’s hilarious as this version of the character is so self-serious that it becomes comical. The film has all the traditional story beats of a superhero movie and it is easy to predict where the characters will end up. Nonetheless, DC League of Super-Pets is a delightful look at the superhero genre, introducing a furry team of unlikely heroes to the ever-expanding heroic world.

SCORE: 8/10

Like ComingSoon’s audit policy explains, a score of 8 corresponds to “Fantastic”. Although there are a few minor issues, this score means that the art succeeds in its goal and leaves a memorable impact.


Disclosure: The critic attended a press screening for ComingSoon’s DC League of Super-Pets review.

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