Action & AdventureAnimation...
Thurop Van Orman
In 2 Cinemas
A smartphone game sequel turned into a movie? Sounds like a disaster, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t completely, but it is even more disposable than the game it originated from.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 follows Red (Jason Sudeikis) on a new adventure, where he has to team up with his green pig enemies when Eagle Island’s Zeta (Leslie Jones) wants to take over Bird Island, as well as Pig Island.
To save their home, Red, Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Chuck’s brainiac sister, Silver (Rachel Bloom) have to sneak on to Eagle Island to destroy the leader’s plan, but can they make it in time?
The film’s plot is pretty simple as the group comes up with a plan to save the day, but there is more than one subplot. Happening simultaneously is baby birds’ struggle to retrieve unhatched bird eggs that they were using for roleplay. This subplot is edited into the main plot making it seem like the film is made up of two young children’s show episodes merged into one, to make a feature-length film.
Another little subplot is Red’s internal issues of seeking admiration from the residents of Bird Island, and his constant fear of losing that admiration if he fails to save them, leading him to be selfish. This subplot makes good content, but is unfortunately underused.
Humour is abundant with jokes, yet so many of them don’t stir up laughs – either just lame or too obvious. This makes the film much more suitable for a very young audience who will enjoy the bright colours, the cute characters, and maybe get one or two jokes and laugh at them.
For the voice acting, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Danny McBride return in their characters with mostly mediocre performances that do not really stand out, considering the vibrant animation of their characters. New addition Leslie Jones gave a stronger performance but was slightly hindered by the repetitive, monotonous lines that her character was given.
Rachel Bloom’s performance was subtle and successful; she was able to give her character more depth than the rest of the (mostly shallow) characters in the feature.
Just because The Angry Birds Movie 2 uses popular songs that bring nostalgia to older audiences and colourful characters for younger audiences does not mean it is a film that will be remembered by either.