Verdict: The sequel aims big and gets crazier, funnier, and wilder.

Sequel to the hit 2016 film, The Secret Life of Pets 2 brings back all the beloved pets from the first film while introducing new ones. With more pets, there are also more Hollywood stars joining the animated film as voice actors including Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish. The film is produced by Illumination, the same studio behind the Despicable Me series, and The Secret Life of Pets 2 seems to be their attempt to kickstart another family-friendly franchise.

What’s The Secret Life of Pets 2 About:

The dogs Max (Patton Oswalt) and Duke (Eric Stonestreet) have now become good friends. But Max’s life gets yet another change when his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) meets Chuck (Pete Holmes) and they have a kid, Liam. Max grows attached to him but with this attachment comes the worry of something happening to Liam. The family plans a trip to a farm and Max entrusts his favorite toy to Gidget (Jenny Slate), a Pomeranian. Gidget misplaces the toy and has to infiltrate the apartment of an elderly lady with a horde of cats by pretending to be a cat herself. Meanwhile, Snowball (Kevin Hart), a bunny obsessed with being a superhero, teams up with Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a sassy Shih Tzu, to rescue a tiger from the clutches of an evil circus owner, Sergei (Nick Kroll).

What Works:

The Secret Life of Pets 2 doubles up the fun to show how domestic pets have even more wild adventures when their owners aren’t around. The first film was limited to just showing us Max’s point of view but the sequel expands to three main storylines, each crazier than the other. Writer Brian Lynch has come up with many inventive circumstances for the pets that keep you entertained throughout. The situations themselves are hilarious but the performances also add to the humor.

Patton Oswalt gives a heartfelt performance as Max, who gets stressed the more he thinks about all the things that could go wrong with Liam. Harrison Ford is perfect as Rooster, a Welsh sheepdog who has all the confidence that Max doesn’t. Kevin Hart gets more moments to shine as he lends his manic energy to Snowball. Jenny Slate is also brilliant as Gidget and gets some of the film’s funniest moments as she learns the ways of being a cat from Chloe (Lake Bell).

The Secret Life of Pets 2 manages to slip in some messages for the younger audience along with the comedy. Whether or not they have pets, kids will love seeing these adorable animals and their crazy hijinks on screen.

What Could’ve Been Better:

There are times when the film seems disconnected but it all comes together in the end. The sequel is also geared more towards the kids and some adults might not find it quite as engaging.

Why You Should Watch:

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a great watch for families looking for a fun film. The animation from Illumination is top-tier as usual and even more stunning in 3D. If you love pets or funny animated films, don’t miss this one on the big screen.

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