Before watching this film I wasn’t very excited for The Angry Birds Movie 2. But as they say, don’t judge a book by its cover…and don’t judge a film by its trailer, as the case may be.
The plot of The Angry Birds Movie 2 revolves around the pigs and birds coming together to save themselves from an even bigger common enemy, the eagles. The eagles are led by the extravagant purple eagle Zeta. Red feels insecure about the truce with the pigs. Red is considered a hero among the birds and he wants to keep that status. Red often clashes with Chuck's (the yellow bird) genius sister Silver. Silver is now part of the main cast. Meanwhile the mighty eagle is distressed at the prospect of going to eagle island. Ridiculous shenanigans ensue and it turns out story wise, this is a surprisingly good movie.
Just like the first one, the writing is tight and crisp. It sounds like an absurd thing to say, but the abcu's (angry birds cinematic universe) strength is within its characterization. It's actually an interesting case study in writing: what the characters lack in depth they make up for with clarity in their goals and arcs. In short, you know what each character is about. It's simplistic, but weirdly effective. In terms of humor, the jokes are in general more tasteful, and dare I say, funnier, than what I found in the previous Angry Birds movie. I found the hatchling subplot particularly charming. Don’t get me wrong, there is still toilet humor, I just didn’t find it as annoying as I did in the last one.
Of course, the film isn't a masterpiece; it's still largely aimed at the lowest common denominator and tends to beat you over the head with plot points. It’s not winning any Oscars, and I doubt it will have any lasting impact on culture, either. But for what it is, I actually kind of enjoyed it.
Final Verdict: 7/10