Angry Birds – A Recap
Before I talk about Angry Birds 2 here is a recap of the first movie just to refresh your memory. The first Angry Birds movie introduced us to an Island of happy go lucky flightless birds. Well, almost all the birds on the Island were happy. Red (Jason Sudeikis), a lonely bird with a short temper, ends up being sentenced to anger management and meets new friends Chuck (Josh Gad), and Bomb (Danny McBride).
When their island is visited by pigs from Pig Island led by their fearless pig leader, Leonard (Bill Hader), everyone thinks the pigs have come in peace. Yet in reality, the pigs came to snatch all the unhatched eggs. Red, Chuck, and Bomb try to recruit Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) to help them go to Pig Island and rescue the eggs. In the end, all of the eggs are saved, and Red and his gang become heroes.
Non-Spoiler Review for Geek for E
Now you are caught up! Haha! While I try my best not to include spoilers in my reviews sometimes light ones do happen. If you are looking for an absolutely non-spoiler review of Angry Birds 2 you can check out my review for Geek for E HERE. If you would like to know if the movie is safe for kids you can skip all the way to the bottom of this post.
Angry Birds 2 Movie Synopsis
The birds are back. Everything is going great for Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage). They are in a slight prank war with Leonard (Bill Hader), and the pigs from Pig Island. That is until the leader of Pig Island, Leonard, asks for a truce. The pigs have discovered another island with inhabitants who have ill intentions towards Bird and Pig Island, and they need Red and his friends to help stop them. With the addition of new friends, Chuck’s super smart sister Silver (Rachel Bloom), and new pig friends Courtney (Awkwafina) and Garry (Sterling K. Brown) they put aside their differences and set out together to save their Islands.
Angry Birds 2 is definitely better than the first. There are so many great actors in the first movie, but they stepped it up in the second movie with the addition of Rachel Bloom as Silver, Leslie Jones as Zeta, Awkwafina as Courtney, Sterling K. Brown as Garry, and Tiffany Haddish as Debbie. (I love Leslie Jones and Awkwafina so much. Haha!) It was also great to see an animated film with amazingly intelligent female characters taking the lead. (Silver and Zeta.)
There is also a cute side story/adventure in the movie where 3 little birds set out to save their sibling eggs. It all ties in well. All in all, a great movie showcasing how putting aside your differences and working together can help get things done, and that sometimes you need to let go of your fears and ego. (I think the only thing I really disagree with about the movie is the trailers. They give a lot of the movie away, but that’s just me. Haha!)
I give this movie a solid B. It is better than the first movie, and has laughs all the way through. It has a lot of late 90s and early 2000s references that adults will get, but the kids won’t. (If you are a fan of Dawson’s Creek, they have you covered. Haha!) Worth taking the kids to go see it in the theaters.
Safe for Kids?
There was one instance in the movie were a little bird says what I consider to be a bad word, but others might not. (My husband doesn’t consider it a bad word nor one of my parents. Haha!) She says Cwap. When she said it, I thought to myself “Did she just say that?” Haha! Even though they try to make it cute, in my opinion, it really didn’t add to the story. Another time she says a lot of bad words, but she is bleeped out. There is also a little bit of violence and rude humor throughout the movie that younger kids may not understand.
The movie is not scary and doesn’t have any jump out and scare you moments. While there is a little bit of peril it is interjected with humor so it really doesn’t come across as scary. Would I let my almost 4-year-old see the movie? Yes. We would probably have her watch it at home though where we could fast forward or stop when we needed too. I believe older kids will think it is very funny.
Bonus Hair Love Short Animated Film
There is an animated short film that shows before Angry Birds 2 called Hair Love. It is an absolutely adorable tear-jerker of a short film about a little girl who wants her hair done so badly and her father who tries to do it. By far one of the cutest and most heartwarming short films I have seen in a while. It is worth seeing thousands of times over. My Rating: A