Monday, June 17, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 15
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A DOG’S JOURNEY
ALADDIN
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: FAERIE TALE THEATRE
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: Green Porno
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STREET FOOD
BLAST FROM THE PAST: GODSPELL
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BOOKSMART
CAPTAIN MARVEL
DARK PHOENIX
EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3—PARABELLUM
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
ROCKETMAN
SHAFT
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE COLOR OF FRIENDSHIP

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2

PHOTO BY COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2


Where is it playing?: Hi-Way Drive-In, Movies Lompoc, Parks Plaza

What's it rated?: PG

What's it worth?: $Stream it (Karen Garcia )

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, The Lorax, The Secret Life of Pets) and Jonathan de Val band together to co-direct the second installment of the animated Secret Life of Pets. This time around, the New York apartment furry residents leave their owners once again on an adventure to save a new wild friend.

While there are plenty of one-liners that are definitely flying over the heads of the young audience in the theater, the plot of the film is all over the place. An elementary-school-aged kid is probably not going to notice the three stories that honestly should have been separate animated shorts, which somehow clumsily come together, but all you adults out there definitely will.

Back in New York in the concrete jungle where dreams are made, we find Max (Patton Oswalt, who replaced Louis C.K.) and his buddy, Duke (Eric Stonestreet), living the good life with their owner. Their life turns upside down once their owner falls in love, gets married, and has a little boy named Liam. Of course Max wants to take care of Liam but realizes the city is a dangerous place for a toddler. His helicopter-parent instincts result in a nervous tick. Maybe Max just needs a little vacation, so the family leaves the city and visits an uncle in the country. It’s there that he meets Rooster (Harrison Ford), a no-nonsense kind of a dog (very Harrison Ford), who’s going to teach Max to get over his fear.

Before Max goes on his trip, he leaves his favorite bee-shaped squeaky toy with Gidget (Jenny Slate) to protect. Predictably, within the first day of guardianship, she loses the toy and it bounces into the window of an apartment that’s filled with cats. Seriously, the neighbor has dozens of cats—it’s pretty ridiculous. But the cats are scratch-your-eyes-out catty, and Gidget needs help. She needs to learn how to be a cat in order to get the toy back.

Meanwhile (I know, another damn story to follow), Snowball (Kevin Hart) is more that just a cute bunny; he’s a pajama-wearing superhero, or so he thinks. He’s hired by Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), who’s witnessed the cruelty of a tiger being held against its will by an evil circus owner. Daisy needs Snowball’s help to rescue the tiger.

Somehow these three entirely different stories come together in the end with the same goal in mind: help the tiger find a safe home away from his large-nosed jerk captor.

I mean, there were definitely kids laughing when Max was freaking out in the country at all the new sounds of the farm land—a cow farting, a frog chilling on a lily pad, and a freaking turkey that won’t stop following him. And the soundtrack that accompanied the film had the kids in my row dancing in their seats. Not to mention the A-list actors giving so much personality to these four-legged creatures that we wish we could talk to in real life.

But the storyline just wasn’t there. It’s a lot to keep up with in the beginning once you realize that this isn’t just one story and there are so many different characters. Save your pretty pennies, parents, and just wait to Redbox it or stream it on your preferred service. (86 min.) 




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