If there was one kids’ movie in recent memory that I felt didn’t deserve a sequel, it was The Angry Birds Movie. With its questionable humor and weak source material, The Angry Birds Movie was a stretch for a major motion picture release. But apparently it made enough of a nest egg at the box office to justify number two.
You don’t often hear that sequels are better than the original, but this one tries a little harder, and it pays off.
Why is The Angry Birds Movie 2 better than the original? Girl power.
Screenwriter Peter Ackerman penned several of the Ice Age scripts. And it was a smart move bringing in screenwriter Jonathon E. Stewart. He created the story for Cars 3, which has a notable girl power storyline. Couple that with director Thurop Van Orman, who lent his talents to Power Puff Girls, and they hatched a better plot.
It’s a movie with several strong female leads, even if they are avian: a villainess in the form of Zeta, a purple eagle worthy of her own show in Vegas (the voice of Leslie Jones, who is loving this role), and a little bird named Silver (the voice of Rachel Bloom). She is the “brainiac” of the motley crew of angry birds and frenemy pigs who join together to defeat Zeta’s evil plot to take over their islands.
You’ll laugh so hard you’ll wet your pants.
Some of it is forgettable, and it’s hard for the movie to shake its origins as an app. The Angry Birds Movie 2 is silly and often stupid, but it is FUNNY. There are moments that are laugh-out-loud funny, so funny I laughed till I cried. My 3-year-old son wondered what was wrong with me. The jokes are for kids, to make them feel like they are in on it.
So if you are okay with a plot that is only pretty good, but with lots of slapstick humor drawn straight out of silent film comedies, flap your way to the theater with your chicks in tow.