In Brief: Better than the original but it’s still a movie based on a video game.
Angry Birds 2 starts with the birds of Bird Island and the pigs of Piggy Island still at war. They are forced to form an alliance when a greater threat comes their way from Eagle Island. That island’s leader, Zeta is a crazed dictator with technology that tops that of the birds and the pigs. Her island is frozen and she is tired of being cold and wants the resources of the two islands.
In the meantime, the very narcissistic, and somewhat paranoid Red — the film’s main character and the first movie’s hero — is having an identity crisis.
Angry Birds 2 looks a lot like the original movie. Jason Sudeikis and most of the original cast return for the sequel. Not that it helps. Video games made into movies pretty much suck. The Angry Birds Movie was one of them. It wasn’t all that entertaining.
But I’m not a kid and it wasn’t made for me.
Angry Birds 2 isn’t that all that good either. Red’s inferiority crisis wears thin immediately as does the film’s main story. Unlike the first film, however, this one has a few sequences that had me howling. Credit a new director — Thurop Van Orman — and new writers Peter Ackerman (Ice Age, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) and Eyal Podell and Jonathon E. Stewart who helped write Smallfoot.
Whether what they did will do much for bored children is a whole other matter. For me — and probably for most adults forced to see this — those few funny bits save the movie.
Director: Thurop Van Orman
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Tiffany Haddish, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Maya Rudolph, Faith Margaret Kidman-Urban, Sunday Rose Kidman-Urban
A few really funny bits keep this one from failing spectacularly. In fact, they save the movie. Hated the first one but I can recommend the second. Give this a 3 1/2 on the Friday Flicks with Gary o to 5 scale.
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Gary Wolcott has been reviewing movies on radio, television and newspaper since 1990. He believes — and this is an estimate only — that he’s seen something close to 10,000 movies in his lifetime. Gary is a lifelong fan of films and catches a couple of hundred movies a year. He believes movies ought to be seen on the big screen and not on the small screen in your living room or family room. While he loves movies, he also says reviewing film can be a real sacrifice and that he sees many movies so you don’t have to.
He is one of KXL 101.1 FM’s film critics and joined the news staff in 2014. Gary is also the film critic for Tri-Cities, Washington’s Tri-City Herald.