The Secret Life of Pets 2: As Good as the Original

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Universal Pictures and Illumination followed up their hit film The Secret Life of Pets (2016) with The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019), where Max (Patton Oswalt) and Duke’s (Eric Stonestreet) owner Katie (Ellie Kemper) gets married and has a kid named Liam (Henry Lynch), and Max will do anything to protect Liam. Other characters returning from the first movie include Gidget (Jenny Slate), Chloe (Lake Bell), and Snowball (Kevin Hart).

The Secret Life of Pets 2 exceeded my expectations by a long shot. Its plot made sense, something other Illumination films I’ve seen can’t say, its comedy was good, and the new characters served a good purpose.

When comparing The Secret Life of Pets and The Secret Life of Pets 2, I feel like the original’s plot was a bit better, but the second movie just had more. With the first movie, we just have Max and Duke trying to find their way home. With the second movie, I’ll try not to give away any spoilers, but there’s a lot more going on at the same time as the main plot. Other than the plot, the movies are similar in quality. The comedy, however, has been improved on in my opinion compared to the original.

One thing that I believe wasn’t very good in The Secret Life of Pets 2 is the lack of continuity. The events of the first movie were never mentioned, not even once. This is a problem that I’ve seen in the Despicable Me series as well. While it doesn’t affect the film, it doesn’t make any sense the events of the first film have been seemingly forgotten about.

While this generally doesn’t effect the movie, this affects Snowball the most. In the first movie, Snowball was the leader of a group built on hatred of humans, while Snowball has no problem with humans in the second movie. It’s one thing for Snowball’s hate for humans to steadily decrease over time, but such a sudden shift in attitude doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Overall, The Secret Life of Pets 2 was a pretty good movie. I would recommend it to everyone, but it obviously is best for kids.