By STACY BAUER & DAX HUGHES
Jimplecute Movie Reviewer
Curiously enough, the critics at-large are not loving this film, with a Rotten Tomatoes “Tomatometer” score of only 56%. The audience score is 91%, though, and these particular critics gives Pets 2 a perfect score! I couldn’t find anything wrong with it.
It meets the goal of a light, entertaining family movie. The animated comedy, written by Brian Lynch, directed by Chris Renaud and co-directed by Jonathan del Val, was produced by Illumination, and is the sequel to “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016).
Most things have stayed the same at home for doggie-duo-and-roomies Max (Patton Oswalt) and Duke (Eric Stonestreet), except for one thing, a new, tiny human named Liam. At first, Max is not at all thrilled with the fresh development, but soon he comes to genuinely love the recent little family addition.
He goes out of his way to protect Liam from the big-bad-world at-large, and harm’s way at every turn in the big city. A couple of cute parallel story lines occur simultaneously. Max’s debutante girlfriend, Gidget (Jenny Slate), is tasked with babysitting his favorite squeaky toy, Busy Bee, while he leaves town for a country getaway.
A wild caper ensues, as the toy is lost amongst a tribe of crazy cats in the same building. Gidget must then impersonate a cat. Meanwhile, Max and Duke have to get used to roughing it a bit, embracing the unfamiliar bucolic lifestyle out in the boonies.
Rooster (Harrison Ford) the Sheepdog teaches them a thing or two about canine bravery and maturity, in his easy, paternal way. Chloe (Lake Bell) and Snowball (Kevin Hart) meet Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), who enlists them in assisting her rescue of a white circus tiger named Hu, whom she met on an incoming flight to the city.
Hu is being held captive by the abusive circus owner, Sergei. It’s full throttle as the crew sets out on a rescue mission. They must first outsmart and defeat the scary black wolves guarding Hu, in addition to a mischievous monkey. Pets 2 is full of whimsy and fun; it’s smile-inducing and charming the whole way through.
The plot is light, dialogue easy, and visuals full of fantasy and delight. If you don’t like this film, you surely have no soul.
The “Secret Life of Pets 2” is rated PG and has a runtime of 86 minutes.
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