After the by the numbers, "cash grab" original, the announcement of a sequel felt like another purely for revenue move by the studio and once popular video game developer. It would take a miracle to make a film based on this fading mobile game and make it into a worthwhile sequel. Well...it's a miracle, because The Angry Birds Movie 2 is exactly what the original should have been: clever, funny, and just well written… the sequel is undeniably a great time for kids and adults alike.
Thurop Van Orman makes his directorial debut with The Angry Birds Movie 2, making this the second Angry Birds film that gave directors their debut. Luckily, unlike the critical failure that was The Angry Birds Movie, this wonderful sequel is just that… wonderful. The film’s story takes notes from several classic Bond films, mixed with several revenge stories and a small, small amount of the nonexistent slingshot story that is the Angry Birds mobile game. Orman shows a ton of knowledge within the film, showing his storyboarding abilities that he’s used effectively on Cartoon Network shows: The Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Camp Lazlo, and The Powerpuff Girls, and showcasing his talents of telling an effective, fun story in a short amount of screen time.
After back and forth pranks between the Pigs and Birds, the two must come together to defeat a greater threat from destroying their islands and the inhabitants of them. Along the way, a side story pushes a relentless cuteness of three baby birds seeking out their lost at sea unborn brothers/sisters from threats such as a Boa Constrictor and an endless journey back to their island. The plot isn’t the most out there of animated films, however in comparison to its overly predictable predecessor, this film is immensely creative. An Angry Birds spy film is weirdly the film idea that the Angry Birds Movie series needed to rejuvenate the dying app into a film success.
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While the original felt like it had miscast the entire film with the likes of Josh Gad, Sean Penn, Jason Sudeikis, and Danny McBride playing the leads, the second film managed to turn everything around, with the actors fitting the characteristics of the characters perfectly - a surprising turn of events. The addition of Rachel Bloom and Leslie Jones were brilliant choices to expand the female cast from the minimal cast of the original - their vibrant performances helped navigate the film to success.
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Taking elements from the mobile games, the score doesn’t revolutionize its field by any means, but it functions. Occasionally the score can be overpowering for this animated adventure with many comical moments being pushed by the persuading musical themes. The sound design on the other hand is fantastic, with slingshot noises that bring you back to the first time you ever played the game with joy, or possible frustration depending on your skill. The weather effects and surrounding factors help create a more fully realized world within the Angry Birds universe.
While the animation certainly won’t amaze any Pixar nuts out there, the animation reflects the style of the original film and offers glimpses of the game visuals. It’s a pleasant looking feature with lots of cuteness and charm thrown throughout with cute baby birds, pigs, and slapstick in-nature eagles. The world that the filmmakers have created with Rovio’s game universe is amazing, and each island has enough difference that it is incredibly intriguing even with the majority of the film taking place on the newly discovered frozen landscape of Eagle Island.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 gets a gigantic boost from the first film being a rather big disaster of a film. Taking zero chances and miscasting every role, it’s phenomenal just how much the writers/directors have turned the property around. With sharp comedy mixed with childish humor and a cast that understands the film that they are in this time around, The Angry Birds Movie 2 is an incredibly delightful sequel to a film that should have never existed in the first place.