Share Tweet Email Copy Link CopiedAngry Birds Movie 2 has no delusions about it own slightness and makes up the difference with gleefully silly, yet unexpectedly clever cartoon mayhem.
What could have easily been a slapdash attempt to continue cashing in on Rovio Angry Birds gaming IP-turned animated franchise is, instead, a zippy cartoon sequel bolstered by nonstop madcap humor (much of which is surprisingly inventive).
Credit that to director Thurop Van Orman, who brings an eccentric and irreverent touch to his feature debut that recalls his efforts on the Emmy-nominated Cartoon Network series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
When the birds and pigs are attacked by giant ice balls fired by Zeta (Leslie Jones) from Eagle Island, Red and King Leonard Mudbeard (Bill Hader) agree to a truce and join forces to stop her, with assistance from Chuck sister Silver (Rachel Bloom), a brilliant engineering student.
Whether it Red and Leonard playing tug-and-war with onscreen graphics or assembling their 'heist' team in a self-aware riff on titles like Suicide Squad, the film is full of comedy that only possible because of the way animation allows storytellers to mess with the limits of reality.
The script by Peter Ackerman (Ice Age) and writing duo Eyal Podell and Jonathon E. Stewart (Cars 3) hits the ground sprinting (case in point: the main conflict with Zeta is introduced before The Angry Birds Movie 2 title card even appears) and never lets up. In addition to the main crew and returning players like Peter Dinklage (as Mighty Eagle), the film supporting ensemble - which includes Awkwafina, Sterling K.
Brown, Zach Woods, Eugenio Derbez, Pete Davidson, and Niki Minaj - lend some needed personality to the many characters here. Whereas other recent family movies have given their female leads an interest in STEM in place of an actual personality, Silver is an aggressively chipper Type A foil to Red and plays to the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator/star strengths as a performer.
Those who skipped the first movie can feel comfortable about ignoring the followup too (it not that good), but anyone with a passing interest in another Angry Birds adventure may find its ridiculousness offers a welcome break from their everyday lives.