The Secret Life of Pets 2 3D Movie Review

The Secret Life of Pets 2 3D Movie Review

Written By: Jake Jarvis


Overall the 3D looks nice but it doesn’t do anything special. The 3D does not significantly add anything to the movie going experience.  The film doesn’t have any wow 3D moments. The film features several chase and climbing scenes where the 3D is well used. The 3D aspect of this film is neither terrible nor amazing it is just fine. 

Final Verdict: Good 3D


If you liked the first The Secret Life Of Pets movie , you will probably like this second installment as well. This film is for pet owners who have little kids. I expect all kids will enjoy it too, but most of the jokes are skewed to pet owners.


The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a multistoried sequel to the original film. The first major story is that of Max and Duke's owner Katie. Katie gets married and has a child. We also get a story involving a white tiger and one story about babysitting Max's toy ball. In fact, the movie is more like three Illumination shorts edited together into a full-length movie. The stories only exist to showcase the gags. Two of the stories eventually connect but the third story feels very disjointed. Like the first film, most of the humor is pet/owner-based jokes. These jokes showcase the behaviors of animals that every pet owner can relate to. The humor is heavily based on poop / bodily fluid jokes rather than slapstick (unlike the original). There is a really good cat hairball gag that is laugh out loud funny. This film does live up to its title and gives you a look at the secret life of pets. 


One notable change in the cast is that of the main character of Max. Patton Oswalt was an inspired replacement for Louis C.K. as Max. Hopefully the kiddos will not ask why Max sounds differently or the parents might have to have an awkward #metoo conversion. Regardless of this change Patton Oswalt really nails Max's anxiousness. Pretty much all the other voice actors from the first film are back and Harrison Ford voices a new character in the franchise, Rooster. He's an old farm dog seemingly inspired by John Wayne's character in True Grit. I think he’s supposed to be a parody of toxic masculinity, but probably just shoe horned into the plot for the laughs. Overall the movie has a good cast that play well off each other. 


The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a good yet forgettable animated film. 

Final Verdict: 6/10

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