Entertainment Hive 2019

The Secret Life of Pets 2

Review by Honey B

Director: Chris Renaud, Jonathan Del Val Vocal Cast: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Patton Oswalt, Harrison Ford, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell Plot: The Secret Life of Pets 2 follows summer 2016's blockbuster about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Max the terrier (Patton Oswalt) must cope with some major life changes when his owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster (Harrison Ford), a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses. Verdict: The Secret Life of Pets 2 is more tail-wagging good fun. The animation is beautiful and rich, while the humour is broad, funny and light as our favourite pets take on several new challenges. Max (Patton Oswalt), the anxiety-plagued Jack Russell has new worries when his little family expands to include a baby. The scruffy Newfoundland, Duke (Eric Stonestreet), takes the new addition more in his stride, but Max is anxious about keeping the youngster safe and it takes an emotional toll on the little terrier. A trip to the country is in order and it is here Max meets gruff and brave farm dog, Rooster (Harrison Ford), who teaches the young pup how to look after other animals in some howling beautiful scenes. Ford brings great depth to Rooster and Oswalt is charming as Max. Back at the apartment building the remaining pets have some struggles of their own. Gidget, the lovable Pomeranian (Jenny Slate), is delighted after Max gives her his favourite squeaky toy to look after while he is away. Unfortunately, his toy has ended up in another apartment, which leads Chloe the butterball nonchalant cat to teach the tiny Gidget how to become a fierce feline. Meanwhile, the reformed bad bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart) is popping on the superhero suit to save the world. New character Daisy the Shih Tzu (Tiffany Haddish) has come to him for help in saving a baby Siberian tiger from a cruel Russian circus owner and his pack of wolves. Hart and Haddish work extremely well off each other and are both suitably hyperactive and funny together. This plotline involving the tiger is a bit scary and has a darker edge, especially with the wolves hunting down the scared tiger cub. At times this film does have a bit of a disjointed feel, with three plots happening separately to each other. The action does come together a little more at the end, however this sweetly clever and charming franchise truly shines when it is at its observational best – putting a mirror up to human and animal behaviours. There are certainly plenty of laughs to be had and the vocal cast is superb. Let’s hope there’s more furball action for these gorgeous characters to come. (Films are rated out of 5 stars)
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