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Movie Review: The Angry Birds 2 - clarkkenallstar - 06-19-2020
Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage
Thurop Van Orman
1 hours 36 minutes
Both Bird and Piggy Islands are under attack from Eagle Island, ruled by purple coloured Zeta (Leslie Jones) who uses a volcano-type super-weapon to toss ice bombs at the two islands as she wants to take them over. King pig Leonard (Bill Hader) patches up with Red (Jason Sudeikis), the hero of the first film and de facto leader of the bird island. Since their very survival is at stake, and the calamity is giving him a chance to be a hero all over again, Red signs up for the mission. He chooses Bomb (Danny McBride) and speedster Chuck (Josh Gad) as also Leonard and his two cohorts to be on his team. Chuck's super smart sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) too tags along and the motley crew somehow manages to avert the catastrophe.
Apart from this, there is a subplot involving the rescue of three eggs by a trio of baby angry birds and the misadventures they have while undertaking it. Another plot tangent involves the romance between Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) and Zeta, told through flashbacks. It's something that goes a long way towards resolving the conflict.
The film, which is directed by Thurop Van Orman and co-directed by John Rice seems like a virtual homage to various heist films liked by the two directors. So you have sequences inspired from Mission Impossible films -- there is a crazy scene involving a floating bird feather drifting towards the guards snatched in the nick of time by some snazzy cable reminiscent of the opening scene of the first MI film. Another scene recreates the toilet fight sequence from the Mission Impossible: Fallout where both Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill had their asses handed to them by Liang Yang. Movie geeks will notice many more Easter eggs, of course.
But the present film goes beyond being a cartoon mashup of adventure films. Unlike the one-dimensional vision of the phone game it's inspired from, the film does impart some life lessons for the children. It tells you that pride makes you blind in certain circumstances, that teamwork goes a long way towards solving problems and that everyone feels happy if credit gets shared. Also, one shouldn't stick forever to old grudges. Thankfully it's all done in a non-preachy manner.
Summing up, this sequel is actually better than the first film, thanks to some inspired writing and also the natural ease portrayed by the entire voice cast. All-in-all, though it doesn't quite match up to the lofty standards set by Disney, The Angry Birds Movie 2 provides silly, goofy fun and life lessons to boot. What more can one want from an animation film aimed at children?