“The Angry Birds Movie 2” is another movie based on the video game, Angry Birds. The short “Hair Love” also plays with “The Angry Birds Movie 2” screenings. Judging from the number of screening this movie was not expected to be a blockbuster. Angry Birds 2’s runtime is 96 minutes.[i] It is rated PG in the U.S., G in Canada, and U in the United Kingdom.
[i] United States Movie Database, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6095472/reference, last accessed 8/18/19.
This short doesn’t have any dialogue. A girl watches a video on her tablet that explains how to do a hairstyle. The video assures the viewer it just takes a little effort and a lot of love. The girl’s domicile is unkept and so is her hair. She shows her father the hairstyle she wants. The father tries to have his daughter settle for wearing a stocking cap. The girl finds a unique way of telling her father she will have none of it. The father takes on his daughter’s hair. The monstrous hair beats him badly. Then he does something men aren’t known to do. He methodically follows the video’s instructions. The ending is surprising and ironic. The story is heartwarming.
Matthew A. Cherry wrote the story. Matthew A. Cherry, along with Everett Downing Jr. and Bruce W. Smith also direct the movie.
The Angry Birds Movie 2
The movie has a lot of potty humor. The characters’ actions are zany. The plot line is appropriately ridiculous. The movie has an impressive number of hit pop songs from years past. The character development is much deeper than one would normally expect from such a movie. Someone doesn’t have to be familiar with the video game to enjoy the movie.
The Angry Birds universe is an island of flightless birds, not penguins. The lone exception is Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) who can fly. The birds are flightless but they fly around via sling shots. They use trampolines for landing pads. Their nemeses are the green pigs who live on a nearby island. The angry bird is Red (Jason Sudeikis). He saved the eggs from the pigs in the original movie.
The day starts out normal for the Angry Birds universe. The pigs use sling shots to bombard the birds with pies. Red takes charge of damage control and a counter attack, also with a sling shot. Three hatchlings are playing Red vs pigs where they reenact what happened in the original movie. The hatchlings use rocks for eggs but one hatchling decided she would get her sisters, who were still inside their eggs. She takes the eggs past her inattentive father. With the eggs on a wooden pallet by the water’s edge what could go wrong? It does and the hatchlings trying to retrieve the eggs is a subplot throughout the movie.
A large ice ball strikes Pig Island. The pigs realize they have a much greater enemy. They offer the birds a truce. The birds are overjoyed at the prospect of an end to the conflict. Red is not happy about it. There is a suspicion it could be a pig trick. On a personal level Red is a hero because of the conflict with the pigs. He was an outcast before he was a hero. Red knows without the conflict he will soon be an outcast again. He refuses to accept the pigs’ truce offer until he realizes the birds are under threat from the same menace.
Red assembles a team of birds with questionable qualifications. Chuck (Josh Gad), whose expertise is speed, recommends his cousin Silver (Rachel Bloom) for the team. Silver is a genius and she is clearly superior to Red. The birds ask if they should evacuate the island. Red, full of hubris, assures them evacuation isn’t necessary.
The other island, though only a short distance away, has an arctic climate. Zeta (Leslie Jones) is the Island’s leader. She is the leader of the eagles. Red’s commando team includes Mighty Eagle. True to his character, Mighty Eagle turn chicken at the first sign of trouble. Red’s team constructs an eagle puppet that the team would operate from the inside. It is a silly idea but Zeta, in super villain fashion, has inept guards. The puppet plan is better than no plan at all, which is Red’s plan. Since Red had nothing to do with the puppet plan, he decides to go off on his own. Silver knows the puppet plan just might work but decides to go with Red. She feels, correctly, Red needed help.
Mighty Eagle does return. He had a relationship with Zeta years ago. He believed his actions caused Zeta to go bad. Zeta denies her current actions have anything to do with how Mighty Eagle treated her. Does Zeta’s ego make her deny Might Eagle’s actions had such a profound effect on her or does Mighty Eagle’s ego make him think his past relationship with him had any effect on her actions? This is an open, albeit academic, question. The hatchling subplot joins the main plot at a critical time.
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Robert Sacchi (author) on April 04, 2020:
Movie openings have been delayed because of the virus. It will be interesting to see how this will work out when theaters start reopening. This could hurt many would-be blockbusters.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2020:
I'll bet more movies than ever are being watched in the comfort of people's homes right now because of the social distancing. Stay safe!
Robert Sacchi (author) on November 01, 2019:
Yes, the old ones tended to have the wacky humor to them. Today they seem to cover the full range of genre. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2019:
Animated movie watching can be fun. Now most of the ones that I occasionally watch are old ones shown on television. I get a kick out of the creativity involved and often the humor as well.
Robert Sacchi (author) on August 25, 2019:
Thank you for reading and commenting. No movie is for everyone. The Angry Birds movies, and many others, aren't movies I'd normally see. When there is someone you have to take to the movies it does broaden the movie horizons a bit more. Often there is a chasm between people with and people without small children, in the movie department.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2019:
Your take on the movie makes me a tad more willing to see this movie, but it is not the type of movie I ever go see. I may need to be more open-minded!
Robert Sacchi (author) on August 25, 2019:
Thank you both for reading and commenting. I thought the "If there is peace I'm out of a job" angle was an interesting take.
FlourishAnyway from USA on August 25, 2019:
This was a good synopsis that made me want to see the movies. I don’t get tired of animated films even though I’m an adult. I loved the Angry Birds game but didn’t see the first movie. Well done.
Liz Westwood from UK on August 25, 2019:
I have heard of Angry Birds but never watched it. You give an interesting synopsis.