The Secret Life of Pets 2 (U)

The Secret Life of Pets 2 reunites us with lovable dogs Max and Duke once more.

In the original movie we saw the polar opposites put their differences aside after frolics around New York. This time around they are up against a real force of nature…a baby. After their owner Katie meets Chuck and has a child, Max if forced once again to cope with not being top dog in the house.

Max is adamant that he doesn’t like children and that he’s not going to play ball, quite literally. But over time he can’t help but fall in love with Liam.

But with the overwhelming feeling of love comes great anxiety. Max is terrified of something bad happening to Liam. The result is a loving dog, crippled by fear, unable to live his life.

Duke tries to help in his own way, but no one can seem to get through to him. Even a trip to the vet doesn’t prove helpful.

But then an impromptu trip to the farm with his family changes everything for Max.  He meets a Welsh Sheepdog called Rooster. The veteran farm dog teaches Max some home truths, including how to be brave and lead.

In the meantime Snowball is tasked with saving Max’s favourite toy from a hoard of cats. Gidget and a new friend embark on a quest to free a white tiger from an evil ring master. Can our furry friends save the day before it’s too late?

The humour in this movie is incredible, infectious almost. In fact, when we went to see it the movie theatre was full of giggling children. The perceptions of cats and dogs are hilarious. Chloe is undoubtedly the star of the show. There are moments in their for children and adults too.

The themes the movie tackles are great too. For example, anxiety, bravery and change. Unlike movies like Sing it has a really strong and positive message throughout. Sing lacks any moral message and doesn’t show any consequences for lying and other bad behaviour.

It’s also refreshing to have the change in the voice of Max. Patton Oswalt is the perfect fit for our lovable hero.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is charming. It’s not only as good as the original, it’s even better.

By Ruth Walker

★★★☆☆

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