Thursday, August 15, 2019

Review: Angry Birds Movie 2

Release date: August 14, 2019
Running time: 96 minutes
Starring:  Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones 

The popular Rovio mobile game turned movie gets a sequel in The Angry Birds Movie 2.  This time, the birds and pigs have an unlikely truce due to the discovery of a new island bent on the destruction of the home islands of both the birds and the pigs.  The film reintroduces us to the main characters of the first film, while adding several new fun birds and pigs to keep the movie feeling fresh.

The first thing you’ll notice in the movie is the animation.  It is really fun and surprisingly captures the style of the mobile game.  The characters are brightly animated, and the environments are varied and beautiful.  The voice acting is very good, with some funny cameos by recognizable actors making the characters instantly like able.  And the film has some good lessons for young and old alike.  

However, the film is a little too disjointed, with a sort of sketch comedy feel at times.  The characters cut back and forth between situations and some of them are funny, some of them are just odd.  That being said, there are definitely plenty of laugh out loud moments.  And although I enjoyed the jokes, some of the humor is a little inappropriate for kids and might lead to some interesting conversations.  Additionally, for a game released at the end of the first decade of the 2000s, there are a ton of 90s references.  I really enjoyed them but I also didn’t know why they appeared and contributed to the disjointed feeling of the film.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 takes the unenviable task of following on to the unlikely movie based on the mobile game.  It is a fun adventure that is at times laugh out loud funny, but also a little too disjointed.

Rent it.

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