Why so angry after all?
By Priyanka Loonker
Angry Birds 2 is a sequel to the 2016 movie — and both were inspired by one of the best-selling mobile games of all time. Confession: Angry Bird, Rovio’s game, has been my guilty pleasure with hours dedicated to reaching different levels of expertise in demolishing the evil pigs who steal the bird’s eggs!
When this game evolves into a movie, there’s a lot of silliness here, as well as some mildly rude and suggestive jokes. But there’s also a focus on teamwork, courage, and communication. Now that red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) has won the trust and admiration of his fellow birds, he’s no longer the titular angry bird — that title belongs to a new threat: Zeta (Leslie Jones).
This movie improves on the original’s messages and storyline, but it still has plenty of butt jokes, endangered eggs, and physical comedy that made the first movie so popular. The first film edition was a simple one, suitable for children and others who enjoy Peppa Pig and such fables. There are a few mildly eyebrow-raising jokes about mating season, naked pigs, and speed-dating. A few scenes make it clear that animals are in danger, but what can’t we achieve with teamwork and trust?
While it doesn’t soar to greater cinematic heights, it surely improves on the original. The film’s feather-light approach will leave you with quite a few chuckles without trying to be preachy or tug at your heartstrings.