2016’s The Secret of Life Pets was a smash hit for Illumination, proving that the studio could deliver another bankable hit that doesn’t involve the Minions. Now three years later, the sequel, The Secret Life of Pets 2 will prove if lightning can indeed strike twice.
The movie picks up several years after the first film with Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt- who replaces Louis CK), coping with a major life change with the arrival of a new baby to the household. Feeling responsible for the new young one, he soon develops a nervous tick, which he desperately needs to get rid of.
Help presents itself when the family brings Max and Duke (Eric Stonestreet) to a farm where he meets Rooster (Harrison Ford) who teaches him some important life lessons. However, Max’s story is just part of the whole film, both Gidget (JennySlate) and Snowball (Kevin Hart) embark on adventures on their own.
The former hilariously has to infiltrate an apartment filled with cats whilst the latter embraces a superhero persona resulting in some pretty funny moments. Eventually the three stories converge into the finale, which brings the team together for one crazy adventurous ending.
Although the storyline for The Secret Life of Pets 2 is split several ways, it is no less entertaining than the first. Nevertheless, the magic of the original dissipates somewhat, which is why the sequel gets more action skewed scenes and madcap moments.
It’s a typical trade-off for a sequel and despite being formulaic and not quite as original, The Secret Life of Pets 2, nevertheless does make up for its price of admission with some pretty good laughs.
Popcorn Rating: Less sweet buy still pretty fresh