DC League of Super-Pets (2022)

Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if our superheroes had pets? Possibly not! The film begins with an introduction to the man of steel himself, Superman. We witness his home being destroyed when he’s a baby and being sent to Earth in a small vessel. Thankfully, he’s not sent alone. Joining him is his loveable puppy dog Krypto.

In the present day, Superman lives in the city and joining him on every rescue mission is a grown-up Krypto (Dwayne Johnson) who also carries many abilities like Superman, including flying and super speed. While the pair is naturally an excellent duo for saving lives and taking down the bad guys, the relationship between them is about to become a tad rocky when Superman, aka Clark Kent, wants to settle down and ask Lois Lane to marry him. Naturally, Krypto fears he is about to lose his best and closest friend to a woman who has stolen Superman’s heart. To make matters worse, Superman and the entire Justice League are captured. Now Krypto is forced to team up with a small group of pets who all carry special abilities. Can Krypto and this new team work together to save the world?

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DC League of Super-Pets is best described as an action and comedy animation film. Created for the young and old, I’m excited to say that this film has lots of excitement and on-screen entertainment. Offering a storyline that’s never been done in cinema history about superheroes and their pets, the film delivers a fresh concept filled with heart, random gags and superhero references.

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Another praise point of this film is the excellent and fun voice cast, including talents such as Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, and John Krasinski. On top of this, we also have Natasha Lyonne, who plays a vision-impaired turtle name Merton and Keanu Reeves as The Dark Knight himself. This pair steal every scene they appear in thanks to their random and unexpected comedic one-liners. Visually, this film is great, providing a massive range of fun and bright colours, and even the finer details among the pets are pleasing. The soundtrack is fun but, sadly, nothing overly memorable.

With so much praise to say about this film, I have only one major issue with it, and it’s simply its runtime. Regardless of if you’re a parent or a young child, the film’s pacing and its entire runtime is far too long. The film also has multiple climaxes, which feel unnecessary, dragging the film on and leading to its most exciting climax and final battle. Given how much fun this film offered at the start and end, I needed a much tighter second act. Instead, like a dog, the film begins to chase its tail, losing its finesse and entertainment.

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Overall, as an animation feature, this film is downright fun, and offers a new concept that begins with plenty of excitement for both young and old audiences. The voice cast here is great, with Keanu Reeves and Natasha Lyonne delivering the best one-liners and gags. The visuals are great, and the soundtrack is pleasing but not too memorable. With plenty of tasty treats on-screen, the biggest letdown is its runtime which feels far too long and even drags before its massive climax. Also, viewers who stay for the credits will be rewarded with a couple of playful scenes.

7.5/10

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

3rd September 2022
Written by Peter Walkden
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Set in the spring of 1924, the film follows a housemaid named Jane (Odessa Young).  With Mother’s Day approaching, we learn that Jane is an orphan and has no family surrounding her.  Her employers, Mr Godfrey (Colin Firth) & Mr Clarrie Niven (Olivia...

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (2019)

Ugyen (Sherab Dorji) is a teacher currently serving his fourth year out of a five-year contract.  He lives with his grandmother, enjoys singing, and hopes to one day move permanently to Australia.  You see, Ugyen is bored of teaching.  He feels like his...

Murina (2021)

Set in the Adriatic Sea, Murina follows a young teenage girl named Julija (Gracija Filipovic), who lives with her mother and father.  We quickly understand that Julija's father is quite controlling and even has bursts of abusive moments toward her.  We also...

Pil’s Adventures (2021)

Pil is a young orphan girl who has daily adventures with three cute little weasels, her only close friends.  Pil is quite a determined and somewhat cheeky, mischievous little girl who is kind to those in need of help, particularly animals.  Sadly, Pil lives...

Ablaze (2021)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers, please be advised that this film contains themes of violence and oppression against Indigenous Australians and images and videos of deceased persons. Introducing Ablaze, a feature-length documentary that looks back at the...

The Warriors (1979)

Set in the future, the city of New York is full of street gangs. One night, the leader of all the gangs, "Cyrus", calls a gathering of every known gang to one meeting place. As Cyrus speaks to all the gangs present, he is shot and brutally murdered. One of the street...

A Banquet (2021)

The film follows Holly (Sienna Guillory) and her two daughters, Betsey (Jessica Alexander) and Isabelle (Ruby Stokes).  As the film begins, we learn the family has suffered through something traumatic and horrifying when Holly's husband died after suffering a...

The House (2021)

Set in Germany, 2029, we follow Johann (Tobias Moretti) & Lucia (Valery Tscheplanowa), who decide to retreat to their own private luxury home.  Johann has just been officially banned from publishing his writing, and the couple wish for some time-out from the...

To Olivia (2021)

Set in 1962, we follow the famous writer and author Roald Dahl (Hugh Bonneville) and his wife, Patricia Neal (Kelley Hawes).  While already dealing with multiple complications, Roald and Patricia suffer a tragic loss in their family, putting everything they have...

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

It's been over thirty years since Maverick, aka Pete Mitchell (Tom Cruise), took part in Top Gun.  Currently, Maverick works as a test pilot, laying low and waiting for retirement.  Plus, he knows he'll never be promoted doing what he's doing, and this...

The Found Footage Phenomenon (2021)

This documentary looks at the cinema phenomenon and genre known as Found Footage.  Many film buffs surely have seen films such as The Blair Witch Project (1999), Cloverfield (2008) and Paranormal Activity (2007), which were highly successful features when they...

The Innocents (2021)

The film begins with a young girl named Ida (Rakel Lenora Fløttum) who moves into a new apartment with her mother, father and an older sister who has a disability.  We discover that Ida isn't overly happy with the family's new living arrangement and is frustrated...

Hatching (2022)

The film begins with a general introduction to a family of four.  This family seems to be filled with much joy, happiness, and love, but we soon learn things are not what they seem on the surface.  Tinja (Siiri Solalinna), the 12-year-old-daughter, is...

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2021)

A young teenager named Casey (Anna Cobb) is all alone in her attic bedroom.  She decides to begin a whole new challenge and enrols to play an online video game known as The World's Fair, a game well known for its heavy horror elements.  As an audience, we...

The Sadness (2021)

Set in Taipei, we follow a young couple named Kat (Regina Lei) and Jim (Berant Zhu), who wake up in bed together and get ready for their normal daily routine.  As the two share general discussions while getting ready for work, we understand that Kat is...

Kitten with a Whip (1964)

David (John Forsythe) is an upcoming star in politics.  But sadly for David, he's about to be part of a wild scandal involving some nasty blackmail.  One day when David comes home, he finds a beautiful young woman named Jody (Ann-Margret) sleeping in a bed....

Queen Bees (2021)

Helen Wilson (Ellen Burstyn) is an older woman living independently.  She is consistently nagged to move into a senior's home by the regular flyers arriving in her letterbox and her neighbours' continual encouragement to sell her home given her age.  Helen...

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Continuing from where we last left Doctor Strange from Spider-Man: No Way Home, Steven Strange is attempting to move forward with his life.  While attempting to stay positive and move forward, he deals with the aftermath of his involvement in the fight against...

Little Tornadoes (2021)

Set in 1970 rural Australia, we follow Leo (Mark Leonard Winter), whose life recently changed dramatically when his wife decided to leave him without any notice.  Leo is now a single father looking after his two children while working full-time as a...

The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson (2021)

The year is 1893.  Molly Johnson (Leah Purcell) is a bushwoman living with her four young children. Molly is currently running the family farm while her husband is away working as a drover.  We learn very quickly that Molly shouldn’t be messed with. Molly is...

Rob Jabbaz – The Sadness (2021)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with #RobJabbaz, director and writer of #TheSadness (2021), which is now available exclusively on #Shudder! https://youtu.be/AxLi8hCck60 1st May 2022 Presented by Peter Walkden (Walkden...

Taneli Mustonen – The Twin (2022)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with #TaneliMustonen, who is the director and writer of #TheTwin (2022). This film is Now Available Exclusively on #Shudder! https://youtu.be/tVbXasuBnAM 1st May 2022 Presented by Peter...

The Twin (2022)

The film begins with the deep tones of a piano score and a family car driving on the road.  We don't get to go inside of the car, but we can hear a happy family sharing laughter and discussions until a tragic crash accident occurs off-screen.  The tragic...

Forty Winks (2022)

Set in the present day, the film follows Fabio (Justin Marcel McManus), who works as a Hypnotist in New York City.  But life for Fabio could be a whole lot better.  Fabio recently appeared on a popular TV show where he was invited to try and hypnotise the...

The House of Snails (2021)

Antonio Prieto (Javier Rey) is driving to a small town called Quintanar.  Renting a large house for a month to seek some solitude and silence, Antonio hopes to put his skills as a writer to good use and complete his newest book.  When he arrives at the...

The Northman (2022)

The film begins with a young prince named Amleth, who takes part in a ritual with his wounded father, King Aurvandil War-Raven (Ethan Hawke).  The ritual introduces Prince Amleth to the world of manhood.  As he enters this new stage of his life, the prince...