In this hilarious sequel to the 2016 animated film The Angry Birds Movie, the title characters and the pigs discover there is much truth in the adage, ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’
While an iPhone app might not seem the best source material for a film, there is much that can be said for The Angry Birds Movie 2. It is every bit as entertaining as the first instalment.
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In the first instalment of the franchise, Red (Jason Sudeikis) became Bird Island’s unlikely hero. If you remember the film, this was where he and the birds took on a rescue mission to save their stolen eggs from the scheming green pigs of Piggy Island. Since saving the day, Red has become accustomed to being needed. He’s Bird Island’s Hero.
The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend…
The rivalry between the birds and the pigs, while overly prankish to outsiders, continues unabated. That is until large icy cannonballs begin flying towards both islands.
With significantly more humour than the first instalment, the pigs are forced to call a truce with the birds when their home comes under attack from Eagle Island.
Red initially thinks the truce is a prank being played upon the birds by the deviously duplicitous Piggy King Leonard Mudbeard (Bill Hader), but when an icy cannonball takes out Mighty Engle’s (Peter Dinklage) home, the birds and pigs have to join forces in taking the fight to the newly rediscovered Eagle Island.
The birds and the pigs assemble a team to covertly penetrate the security of Eagle Island and destroy the superweapon. Chuck (Josh Gad), the fastest bird alive, brings onboard his academically inclined smarty-pants sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) to assist with the operation. In the process of assembling the team and carrying out the mission, Red must understand what they are doing is bigger than any one team member. This is a team effort in which all members play a vital role. There is no room for an ego of any description.
In “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” its not the birds of Bird Island that are the angriest. It’s Mighty Eagle’s former girlfriend Zeta (Leslie Jones). With an appropriately wonderful nod to the Kevin Williamson created television series “Dawson’s Creek,” in a flashback to better times, it is revealed Zeta’s cold heart stems from the heartbreak Might Eagle caused when he leaves her standing at the altar on their wedding day.
As Leonard observes from the comfort of Piggy Island, Zeta has taken to drowning her sorrows with numerous umbrella-topped-cocktails as she whiles away her time in a self-imposed exile.
Meanwhile, as the team takes on Zeta’s superweapon, a trio of delightful hatchlings find themselves in peril on the high seas. After accidentally setting adrift three eggs, the trio attempt to rescue them all by themselves. It’s amusing seeing how the hatchings finally get the eggs back.
Joining Sudeikis, Gad, Hader, Dinklage, Maya Rudolph and Danny McBride, the returning talent from the first instalment, is Jones, Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown. and Eugenio Derbez.
The film will hit American movie theater screens Friday, 14 Aug. 2019.