Our feathered mobile game friends are back for a second movie outing. Are they still angry, or will that emotion fall to cinemagoers?
Lead bird Red certainly has calmed down a tad. Hailed as a hero following events of the first film, he’s lapping up the adulation. But then comes a message from Bird Island’s sworn nemeses the pigs, and things turn turtle.
You see, Piggy Island is being targetted by the denizens of Eagle Island, most specifically the extremely purple Zeta, who’s tired of doing the frozen tundra life thing and wants to get a spot of sun. So, she sets about targetting the homes of our avian and porcine pals. The pigs decide to offer a truce to the birds, believing that they need to team up to defeat this newly-discovered enemy. Despite skepticism, an uneasy truce happens, and a delegation of three little pigs (well, one of them’s quite big, actually) join Red and friends in hopes of bringing down nasty ol’ Zeta.
There’s also a wholly unrelated side-story involving hatchlings and eggs, that seems to only be present to up the movie’s cutesy factor – which it admittedly succeeds at doing, but it could just have easily been a short, as it has nothing to do with anything of the main plot.
The original movie was garishly bright, poundingly loud, occasionally pleasingly silly and never let up. The Angry Birds Movie 2 is much the same, but more of a caper flick than that thematically deeper – well, for a kids’ flick – first one.
Any semblance to the actual game that it’s all based on has been flung totally out the window this time, save for one very brief scene. Still, the characters are now well-established – and well-rounded – and let’s face it, 90 minutes of birds and pigs just twanging away towards each other would be rather tedious, wouldn’t it…?
Riddled with puerility and more dad jokes than were let loose upon the entire universe last Father’s Day, despite the movie’s relentless pace even our test eight-year-old found proceedings boring at times. Perhaps the target audience cuts off at around seven? Meanwhile, the soundtrack is possibly the most obvious one ever to grace a film. Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, Right Said Fred’s I’m Too Sexy, Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out for a Hero, Europe’s The Final Countdown… need we go on? One brief outbreak of cool did come, however, with a welcome bite-sized hunk of Bowie’s Space Oddity, not just for the song, but for the brief respite of gently out-there calm that it delivered.
The well-assembled, star-studded voice cast deserves kudos for keeping up the often alarming urgency throughout, but ultimately The Angry Birds Movie 2 is best suited to the most easily entertained – and is certainly not an experience for the stressed.
In cinemas: September 12, 2019
Starring: The voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones
Directed by: Thurop Van Orman, John Rice