Directed by: Chris Renaud
Starring: Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Chris Renaud, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Harrison Ford
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Release date: 14 June, 2019
Running Time: 86 Minutes
Budget: $80 million
The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a 2019 American 3D computer animated comedy film produced by Illumination, directed by Chris Renaud, co-directed by Jonathan del Val, and written by Brian Lynch. It is the sequel to The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and the second feature film in the franchise. The film features the voices of Patton Oswalt (who replaces Louis C.K.), Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, and Harrison Ford.
The film was theatrically released in the United States on June 7, 2019, by Universal Pictures. It received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed $117 million worldwide.
The Secret Life of Pets 2: Movie Trailer
The Secret Life of Pets 2: Movie Review
A disjointed attempt at kid-friendly entertainer
This sequel, an animation by Illumination, meant to explore the travails of adorable pets, is rather uninspiring and unenlivening. The slapstick moments fail to produce humor and the narrative becomes so dull and unexciting that it could put even the intended young target audience to sleep.
The first feature focused on the anxiety suffered by a much adored pet when a new born infant joins the family. Director Chris Renaud’s follow-up, tries to dig a little more deeper into the same construct but the result doesn’t have much of an impact even if there are lessons to be learnt.
Lovable terrier Max (voiced by Patton Oswalt) had anxiety pangs when his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper) brought home big, shaggy mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet). He feels an even more insecure She marries and has her first child, Liam. Max may have decided to play protector to Liam but his worry about doing a good job manifests in bad habits and nervous tics. They relocate to New York and Katie sensing Max’s anxieties, puts him on a course of behavioral Therapy. However, Max’s encounters with a grizzled, herding dog, Rooster (Harrison Ford), is what lends him courage to overcome his crippling angst.
This film though, is not about Max alone. Lynch’s screenplay adds two other threads to keep the narrative busy with complexities. Unfortunately they don’t mesh together smoothly enough to provide an engaging and entertaining whole. Gidget (Jenny Slate), superhero bunny Snowball (voiced by Kevin Hart), cantankerous cat Chloe (voiced by Lake Bell), pugnacious pug Mel (voiced by Bobby Moynihan), fearless Shih Tzu Daisy (Tiffany Haddish) and determined dachshund Buddy (voiced by Hannibal Buress) round up as other lead players in this jumbled up ensemble.
The writing is witless, the characterizations appear tiresome, narrative seems crowded and there’s a distinct lack in cohesion and coherence. The animation may be faultless but that clearly can’t trump over faulty storytelling technique and limpid craft. This stitching together of unremarkable plot-threads makes for a exacting misadventure!