The Secret Life of Pets 2

A decent animation - 6/10

by The Movie Inspector

A decent animation, The Secret Life Of Pets 2 is a fun family-adventure film with many different fuzzy animals whose antics get them into endless trouble. It can certainly be enjoyed despite its hit and miss comedy and strange structure.

The sequel to 2016’s ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ manages to provide some entertainment but lacks the level of fun and comedy its predecessor had. However, at most times the narrative provides viewers with enough material to keep them invested. The heart of the movie is the relationship between humans and pets, which I thought was perfectly portrayed. Lots of scenes will have pet owners relating to them. ‘The Secret Life Of Pets 2’ follows Max and his friends as they embark on adventures of their own only to be put in danger by a common threat. 

Though the movie does well with picking off and updating us with what the pets have been up to, it faces quite some trouble with its structure. The issue is that there are three arcs that are presented throughout the majority of the movie and it almost feels as though we are watching three separate stories. This is later on justified when they all come together but I believe their division was somewhat unnecessary and weak. The issue comes with how the directors chose to juggle these three storylines as it felt almost as though they didn’t have a clear objective.

The new characters that are introduced didn’t have much to add and they certainly weren’t explored that much which kind of made them forgettable. The voice performances are mostly great and they definitely elevate the movie. Some important messages such as animal abuse and their mistreatment in the circus are touched on but felt rather forced into the narrative. The soundtrack on the other hand was really suitable and helped set the mood. I think that animal lovers will surely enjoy this movie and relate to a lot of the material provided, so make sure to watch it and let me know what you think.


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