Small Screen Reviews

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 Review

The Secret Life Of Pets2 1 DVD/Blu-ray

Universal Pictures   

What’s It About?
Max’s life is turned upside down when his owner as a child, while Gidget has got feline issues, and Snowball is living the dream as a superhero.   

Who’s In It?
Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille, Young Adult, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, & more recently Veep)
Kevin Hart (Ride Along, Central Intelligence, & more recently Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle)   

Other notables include:
Jenny Slate (Zootopia. Hotel Artemis, & more recently Venom)
Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, & more recently Blade Runner 2049)   

Director: Chris Renaud (Despicable Me 1-2, The Lorax, The Secret Life Of Pets) & Jonathan del Val (debut)

Audiences Expect:
After the phenomenal success of the original film (just shy of $900m), a sequel to The Secret Life Of Pets was inevitable. However, while the original was pretty adorable seeing what our pets get up to when they are not under supervision, the story was well and truly exhausted. As a result, there is little room to manoeuvre in this sequel, so the plot actually centres around three not overly thrilling plotlines.
The first involves Max having to cope with the arrival of his owner first getting a husband, and then getting a baby – which inevitably takes over Max’s world, both physically and then emotionally for good and for bad. Gidget meanwhile manages to lose Max’s treasured ball, and has to come up with a ruse to rescue the ball from an old lady’s flat which is full of stir crazy felines, with the final plotline involving Snowball’s grand delusions of being a superhero, before he is actually called on to stand up and be counted.
The animation is vibrant and rich once again, and the characters thoroughly likeable, with Patton Oswalt seamlessly slotting into the Louis CK role as Max, while Jenny Slate and Kevin Hart add charisma and energy, while Harrison Ford also delivers in his first animation.
That said though, the film is fundamentally weak on plot and the three stories just about drag it up to the 90 minute mark.     

In A Nutshell: 
Endearing characters & beautifully glossy animation, but the plot in this one is something of a dog’s dinner.

The characters   
The vibrant animation

The disparate plot

Release date: 07/10/2019

Certificate: U