There are, somehow, three entire plotlines that drive Chris Renaud
’s fizzy, frequently silly “The Secret Life of Pets 2
,” a worthy if slightly less delightful sequel to the director’s 2016 animated hit. First, there’s the life-lesson-heavy story that centers around ostensible franchise star Max as he deals with crippling anxiety after a major life change. Then, there’s the wacky tale of Max’s love interest (go with it), bubbly Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate
), tasked with caring for Max’s cherished toy while he embarks on a trip, only to lose it in a terrifying apartment filled with cats.
So far, so cute, but there’s the third story: Bonzo bunny Snowball (Kevin Hart
), believing he is an actual superhero, joins forces with newbie Shih Tzu Daisy (Tiffany Haddish
) to save an abused white tiger cub from a very, very evil circus. For a franchise that’s literally