Adorable characters, superb voiceovers, and a vibrant colour palette makes The Secret Life of Pets 2 indulgent entertainment for all ages.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 Synopsis
Max’s owner gives birth to Liam and while the Jack Russell initially dislikes the toddler, he soon forms a deep bond with the child. When the family goes on a farm visit, Max’s overprotectiveness of Liam quickly earns the disdain of Rooster, the stoic, no-nonsense sheepdog of the farm. Meanwhile, Gidget goes into overdrive to retrieve Busy Bee from a horde of creepy cats, having carelessly lost Max’s favourite toy while safeguarding it. As for Snowball, the streetwise rabbit now has a new identity. He is Captain Snowball! Saviour of All Animals!
I guess the best way to describe The Secret Life of Pets 2 is to say this movie is a challenge to dislike. Practically every character was scripted to amuse or please. Simplistic as this might sound, it provides for easy-going entertainment suitable for all ages. Parents bringing their kids to this movie can be assured that while they wouldn’t be engrossed, they certainly wouldn’t be bored too.
As for the story, I appreciated the division of the tale into three distinctive “theatres,” although condensing all that action into 86 minutes inevitably ended up somewhat compromising the development of several characters. I also felt there should have been more of Rooster and Duke, or Liam, and was a little disappointed to discover they were little more than cameos.
To summarise, I doubt this movie would go down in cinematic history as any sort of animation milestone but neither is it something that would make you groan if having to rewatch. Oh, one other thing. This is a “happy” movie. Even the suspenseful scenes are awash with vivid colours and lights. If you like your animation that way, every moment of Pets 2 will be a visual feast.