The Angry Birds Movie 2 Review: This silly yet hilarious film is catapulted by Leslie Jones

The Angry Birds Movie 2 releases this weekend. The film sees Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Jones and Rachel Bloom put together a fun, animated film. Does it work? Read our review to find out.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 Review: This silly yet hilarious film is catapulted by Leslie JonesThe Angry Birds Movie 2 Review: This silly yet hilarious film is catapulted by Leslie Jones
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The Angry Birds Movie 2

The Angry Birds Movie 2 Director: Thurop Van Orman

The Angry Birds Movie 2 Cast: Jason Sudeikis as Red, Josh Gad as Chuck, Bill Hader as King Leonard, Danny McBride as Bomb, and Peter Dinklage as Mighty Eagle, Leslie Jones as Zeta, Rachel Bloom as Silver, Awkwafina as Courtney, Sterling K. Brown as Garry Pig, Eugenio Derbez as Glenn, Pete Davidson as Jerry Eagle, Zach Woods as Carl Eagle, Dove Cameron as Ella, Lil Rel Howery as Alex, Nicki Minaj as Pinky, Beck Bennett as Hank / Brad and Brooklynn Prince as Zoe

The Angry Birds Movie 2 Stars: 3/5

 

When I walked into the theatre today, I wasn't sure what to expect from The Angry Birds Movie 2. I am glad I went with zero expectations and you will find out why, as the review progresses. First things first. Angry Birds 2 is a sequel to Angry Birds. The popular game-turned-animated-movie is all about the pranks devised by the vile pigs and wingless birds' struggle to outsmart them. The sequel features some heavyweights behind the mic: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Peter Dinklage. They have Leslie Jones joining in to voice the villain.

The sequel wastes no time in establishing the characters and after the first few minutes, dives headlong into the plot. Directed by Thurop Van Orman, Angry Birds 2 sees angry Red, speedy Chuck, volatile Bomb and other birds from Bird Island and the green piggies, including Leonard from Pig Island, call a truce when an unknown threat from the far-off lands attacks their islands. Giant ice balls fly through the skies courtesy an evil, heartbroken Zeta of the icy Eagle Island. The purple bird Zeta is tired of the gloom. All she wants to do is sit on a beach and sip on Pina Coladas.

To make the Pig Island and Bird Island her personal paradise, she devises creative cannons made of ice filled with lava to attack the islands. Red, Chuck, King Leonard, Bomb, Ethan “Mighty” Eagle, Courtney, Garry Pig team up against her. They also recruit Chuck's sister Silver, voiced by Rachel Bloom, to bring down Zeta. Do they manage to save their islands? You'll have to watch the movie to find out.

What we can tell you is that Angry Birds 2 is one mindless movie that accepts and embraces its silliness. There are elements like birds going on "speed-dates," pig-shaped submarines, Eagles poppin' and lockin', pigs ice-skating in fancy skating dresses and a dig at the intense edge-of-the-seat climaxes. To top it off, iconic songs such as Fireballs and Final Countdown are placed aptly to take the bizarre goings-on a notch higher.

The movie establishes that Red is not the sole hero here. Leslie's Zeta clearly steals the show from the red-feathered bird. The vindictive Eagle with a crazy mind doesn't let your attention drift to anyone when she's on-screen. Sorry, Red. Silver, too, manages to make a mark but fails to grasp attention for too long. And the hatchlings! The three hatchlings crack you up every time they are on-screen. You are bound to fall in love with them.

Although the movie has its share of fun and laughter, it doesn't have the ability to hold your attention throughout. The story is stretched beyond requirement. The concept of parallel plots is good but not well executed. There are moments when you find yourself asking what exactly is going on before giving in to the madness.

Bottom line: If you have absolutely nothing to do or need to keep your children occupied, then The Angry Birds Movie 2 is your pick for the weekend.

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