‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’ Review: So Stupid, Yet So Funny

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You can pinpoint the exact moment when “The Angry Birds Movie 2” decides it’s going to stop being one kind of animated sequel and becomes another. The original 2016 film, based on the popular video games, imagined an island full of flightless birds being suddenly terrorized by green porcine, egg-stealing invaders. The new movie starts in a constant state of sniping between Bird Island and Piggy Island, with each group playing elaborate, cruel pranks on one another.

Then, a third, even more menacing island emerges — Eagle Island, run by a brilliant but embittered eagle named Zeta (voiced by Leslie Jones), who sends destructive ice-balls toward both pigs and birds.

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In most cases, a sequel would either expand upon or regurgitate the previous setup, so one might expect yet another foray — this time led by the first film’s hero Red (Jason Sudeikis) and his former nemesis, the pig chieftain Leonard (Bill Hader) — into the new island. And that is exactly what happens.

But as soon as the group arrives on Eagle Island, “Angry Birds 2” mostly tosses story, character and sense aside, and opts for a go-for-broke style of humor. The hoops our heroes jump through become increasingly surreal and hilarious.

Highlights include a bit involving an attempt to steal an eagle’s ID card at a urinal, and a breakdance battle that comes out of nowhere and is resolved in even stranger fashion.

Those hoping for a sharply-scripted, well-proportioned work may be disappointed, but one might ask them why they’re seeing a film called “The Angry Birds Movie 2” in the first place.

The Angry Birds Movie 2

Rated PG for mild animated violence and one terrifying scene involving crabs raining from the skies. Running time: 1 hour 36 minutes.




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