by Ruben, 11
Every pet owner in the world wonders, 'what does my pet do when I'm not there?' and the answer in this movie is, 'go to your animal friends' houses,' 'protect their crush's busy bee', or even 'become a bunny superhero!'
If you're looking for more than a story of two dogs getting chased by a once evil (now the opposite) bunny and his gang, then ask and you shall receive.
Secret Life of Pets 2 is a great film with a pretty original storyline based on animals trying to save a white tiger from a Russian circus-running animal abuser.
The rabbit has a bigger role this time around, alongside Max and Duke (the two main characters from the first Secret Life of Pets film). I think it was quite nice to give the rabbit some fame but reckon they should've stuck to dogs and cats ....that's just my opinion and nevertheless it is a successful, funny film.
There are a number of morals to this story and the main one is Max the dog becoming brave. It all started when his owner Katie got married and had a baby called Liam. Max decided it was his priority to protect Liam and got so anxious about his safety that he started a nervous scratching habit. He scratched so often that he had to go to a behavioural specialist vet and get a protective cone on his head.
When the family went on holiday to a farmhouse in the countryside, Max met a big sheepdog called Rooster, who helped him overcome his fears. At first he was apprehensive, but when Rooster told Max to help him save Cotton the lamb, his courage started to grow. Cotton had escaped and ended up on an apple tree on the verge of a steep cliff. Rooster told Max that he would have to go down there and rescue him as the tree wouldn't support his weight - and in a literal cliff hanger moment, Max found the courage to save both Cotton and the day!
There are also many funny moments included in Secret Life of Pets 2. At the start, when the bunny Snowball's owner dressed him up in a superhero outfit, he took on the role of CAPTAIN SNOWBALL and went around doing flips and gymnastic moves. Later, he starts rapping in the style of the pop song, Panda.
This film has a direct audience: children, although adults will enjoy it too. It has a lot of child friendly scenes that are meant to make children laugh as well as cartoon characters and a heart warming storyline.
Although child friendly, it does include some mild violence. Being PG rated, there are a lot of moments that a child may try to recreate at home, so parents should be aware of that. I think it's suitable for ages 4+.
One of my favourite parts was the montage of real life animal clips at the end, so don't race out when the credits start!