Now I know I’m definitely not the target audience for this franchise, but for a sequel I didn’t think was needed, The Angry Birds Movie 2 was anything but boring. Yes, you can expect the same craziness of the first film, a Bird Island fighting with a…Pig Island. But this time around we have these crazy and loveable characters set around an actual fully formed plot. The animation was vibrant and detailed, especially when it came to the islands and the birds facial animations. The whole film focused more on visual gags unlike the first Angry Birds that mainly relied on one liners to get laughs from the audience. There was an overall sense of effort and passion put into creating the world of Angry Birds which made The made this time around more action packed, heartfelt and just genuinely fun.
Characters Old And New
Often in sequels the returning characters can lack the charisma they originally had in terms of dialogue and voice work, but what a real standout for me was that these little birds were still as entertaining as ever. There was a lot of talent in this film with some of the best comedic actors currently in cinema which really bought the characters to life. Josh Gad for example kept the speedy comedic energy Chuck had the first time we saw him and it was a great way to get more attached to him. We were also introduced to new characters which were very likeable like Silver. Unfortunately, even though the film was based on Birds and Pigs coming together, there weren’t really any valuable introduction to any new Pig characters. The character Courtney the pig didn’t really do or have a stand out personality.
Unlike the first film which basically establishes the world of Angry Birds, The Angry Birds Movie 2 develops a storyline outside of the premise of the game, but keeps the qualities that makes it entertaining. The narrative doesnt stray from being simple but it is a solid story for the target audience but still entertaining for the whole family.
This film, even though its based on the classic mobile game, is actually an important one. Red’s journey of being hated then loved on Bird Island due to his fight with the pigs. This gave him the affirmation he always wanted and doesn’t want to go back to the way things were before. As a result, his selfishness gets in the way of the safety of the island and his friends when it comes under attack. Red’s journey teaches him that listening to others (like new character Silver, Chuck’s sister) and having help from others doesn’t make him any less of a hero. This definitely adds to the film and the fact that an awful lot of work went into making the film look great and making the film feel great makes it all the more enjoyable. leaves the younger audience a great message to take with them after leaving the theater.
Worth The Watch?
The Angry Birds Movie 2 is, like its predecessor, a simple but fun animation. This time around were taken on an engaging adventure and given an important message about putting others before yourself. It has a few flaws but this is an enjoyable family flick. If you’re a fan of the orignal, a fan of the game or just a fan of a fun animation, this is the film for you!