The Valero Verdict: The Secret Life of Pets II

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, the Secret Life of Pets 2. The first was super funny and a smash hit at the box office.

  • New Cast Additions: Harrison Ford in his first animated role was great. If you truly think about Ford as an animal, an old tough dog truly fits him. Tiffany Haddish was another amazing addition to the cast, she is hilarious and was just that in this film.
  • I find the Max character in this film rather boring. His only quality on-screen moments in this film were with Rooster.
  • Kevin Hart is the funniest man on the planet.
  • Can the Secret Life of Pets III be about how Gidget and Snowball fall in love? Or they become the modern day Bonnie & Clyde (minus all the killing of course)
  • The run-time of this movie was PERFECT! Even kid movies are pushing the envelope with run-time, at an hour and 27 minutes, this was great.

The Verdict:

** 1/2 out of *****

This one fell short of the original. The first and second act were boring at times, once they got the whole crew together in the third act the movie picked up and was packed with some good laughs. The additions of Haddish and Ford were great, Hart was great but outside of that, I was left wanting more from this.

Should You See It?: Bring the kids for sure. There is enough in this movie for adults to enjoy, and the kids will eat it up.

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The Valero Verdict: The Highwaymen

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, the 100th movie about Bonnie & Clyde. I kid, the Netflix movie starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson about the two Texas Rangers who helped take down Bonnie & Clyde.

This movie poster looks dumb.
  • Let me start with the positive. Costner and Harrelson have fantastic chemistry together. These two were a great pairing.
  • But the duo could not overcome the lackluster script. It felt like throughout the film they were going through the motions and I don’t blame the acting as it wasn’t bad, they just didn’t have much to work with.
  • The movie was so boring and dull, you were anticipating at some point the film would pick up and get moving and it never did.
  • The whole build is for the end (we all know what happens) and it came off as “just another scene”. I hated it so much because the whole movie led up to this moment and it fell flat on its face.

The Verdict:

* out of ***** stars

Netflix has been really good with a lot of the movies they have been making but this one misses the mark. Great casting in the two leads, Harrelson and Costner do their best to overcome a rough script but can’t even make the movie watchable.

Should You See It?: If you are bored and can’t find something to watch on Netflix, pick a random episode of The Office to watch and skip this garbage.

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