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Angry Birds 2

Featherbrained foolishness

The flightless angry birds and the scheming green piggies once again come on the screen with The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck's sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) form a super team to save their homes.

The Angry Birds Movies usually is about the bird-pig enmity. Except this time, the sworn enemies namely the pigs and the birds team up to save their islands against the snowball attacks from a mysterious island. The culprit, it turns out, is Zeta, a purple eagle, with Miss-Havisham-like quirks (an impressive Leslie Jones voicing it with elan) pretty bored with her ‘icy island’ named ‘Eagle Island’ is planning something of a land grab of the warm tropical islands with her weaponised snowballs! Leonard the pig is worried enough to call for a quick truce and join forces with the birds against Zeta and her flock. Red and Leonard put together an army with some old faces - Chuck and some new - Silver to take on the enemies.

If the first edition of Angry Birds the plot was excessively simple. The Angry Birds Movie 2 also presents a love story. Red meets Chuck's sister Silver, an intelligent engineering student who deems him incompatible. Silver gets on Red’s nerve, because he tends to like being the focus of everyone’s attention, and something tells us Silver’s going to steal some of his spotlight. It is wise for producers to introduce a girl character to the film.

Thurop Van Orman, a voice actor and cartoonist, makes his debut as a director and a reasonably competent one at that. The film boasts of a stellar cast of voice actors including the abovementioned and others like Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle), Danny McBride (Bomb) and Nicki Minaj among others. The film has only a few chuckles. With a little more creative help, the Angry Birds franchise could soon catapult itself into the league of the top game-inspired movies.

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