Angry Birds 2 (PG, 97 min), directed by Thurop Van Orman and John Rice ★★★
Having seen the original swine fever threatened by Bird Island, Red (Jason Sudeikis) is now enjoying a merry feud with his pig neighbors.
He enjoys the small crowds and the chance to beat his big rival Leonard (Bill Hader).
The constant warning to the island allows him to continue in the spotlight. So, with some concern and suspicion, he greets more missionaries than Leonard seeking a truce. However, while it is known as something of a ham, the pig manager is not a pig this time. Pig Island was attacked from a third atoll, located between the Birdlantic and Piggy Ocean. It looks like a frozen iceberg under the influence of the sea, but someone throws huge snowballs there and the incidence increases.
As the threat level for both populations increases, Red is reluctant to decide to join forces with Leonard and lead the firing team to the source in hopes of shutting it down. However, few know that the key to conflict is their number.
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After just following the trope of the original video game for its first outing, there is some freedom that will benefit the storytelling in this sequel.
Directed by Thurop Van Orman (an Adventure time writer) and John Rice (King of the Hill) and a trio of writers created what is actually a Bond movie, as our various group of heroes trying to stop a maniacal criminal master, who also owns an island lair and super weapons.
Of course, this is like a children's movie, and there are "teachings" that need scatological humor to enjoy as well (a urinal peal that includes a key card is definitely a comedy). Sony's support of this movie also means that theme music attacks you every step of the way, with bizarrely eclectic soundtracks (mostly predictable song choices), including everything from Paul Cole and Sarah McLachlan to Jimmy Buffett, Right Said Fred and Europe.
Like the Sudeikis, the impressive vocal composition also includes Josh Gad (frozen), Leslie Jones (Ghost busters), Rachel Bloom (Crazy ex-girlfriend), Tiffany Haddish (A trip for girls), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Awkwafina (Ocean's # 8;).
With its diverse family of diverse characters of different types and regular villages with a trio of chicks trying to save one of their unmarried siblings, it's hard to see the similarities between this and Ice Age series (even shared by writer – Peter Ackerman).
But if you need a hefty price tag for elementary students in the next few weeks, which might be a chatter or two for you, then birds is the word.