Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Secret Life of Pets 2

A sequel to the 2016 film that showcased what pets get up to when their owners aren't around, The Secret Life of Pets 2 offers three separate storylines featuring the characters from the first film along with a few new faces. The neurotic Max (Patton Oswalt) learns to relax about the child of his owner, the would-be hero Snowball (Kevin Hart) goes on a mission to save a tiger from the circus, and the flighty Gidget (Jenny Slate) enlists the help of Chloe (Lake Bell) to recover a toy from a cat woman's home. Each provides some humorous moments here and there, but the stories are only loosely connected (as if a trio of TV-specials were combined into a single film).

The sequel isn't that ambitious while relying on its animation and voice actors to carry the day on a rather ho-hum script. The Secret Life of Pets 2 is available on Blu-ray and DVD. Extras includes a variety of short featurettes including a Gidget mini-movie, a Minions mini-movie, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes and character featurettes, a Captain Snowball motion comic, and cast and crew showcasing their own pets.

[Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Blu-ray $24.95 / DVD $19.99]

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