Luke Thorne’s review published on Letterboxd:
Chris Renaud’s sequel keeps track of Max and his pals’ confidential lives after their owners have to go to work or school each day. Starring Patton Oswalt, Harrison Ford and Lake Bell.
I enjoyed The Secret Life of Pets, but I didn’t have a great amount of expectations for this entry, as we know the path most sequels tend to go – and they have proven to be correct.
This time, Max the terrier (Patton Oswalt) meets canine-intolerant cows, aggressive foxes and a frightening turkey when he visits the rural area.
Fortunately for Max, it isn’t long before he clasps a break when he encounters Rooster (Harrison Ford), a bad-tempered farm dog who attempts to remedy the adorable pooch of his fixations.
Patton Oswalt gives an OK voice performance reprising his part as Max the Terrier, while Harrison Ford is alright as Rooster, the farm dog who certainly isn’t a likeable character.
Elsewhere, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Tiffany Haddish and Lake Bell are all alright in their respective roles as Snowball, Duke, Daisy and Chloe. Snowball is a white rabbit; Duke is a newfoundland dog who lives with Max; Daisy is a Shih Tzu; Chloe is the grey tabby cat.
The direction from Renaud is OK but it should have been better, such as showing more facial expressions to a stronger effect, while also having more of a funny atmosphere happening as well – this doesn’t occur much.
The script is written to an OK standard by Brian Lynch as although there is a narrative occurring, it’s unfortunate because there are virtually no moments of humour to be had and it is the main reason as to why this movie doesn’t work.
Not only this, but the screenplay can also be weak in places and there are scenes that did not need to be in the final edit, so the duration didn’t need to be as long as it was and the pace is slow.
Overall, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is a disappointing sequel, due to the OK voice performances, direction, sometimes-weak script, slow pace and no funny occasions.