• by Wes Singleton

The Angry Birds Movie 2 - B

Rated PG, 99 minutes

It may not be saying much, but the fun "Angry Birds 2" is colorful, late-summer animated fun and an improvement over the hit 2016 sequel based on the even more popular video game. Given that, the story, even at 85 minutes, is stretched a little thin and there are a crazy number of characters to keep track of, but there's enough well-placed adult humor to keep everyone in the family happy.

Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and the rest of their feathered friends are surprised when Leonard ("Barry's" Bill Hader), the leader of the green pigs, suggests that they put aside their differences and unite to fight a common threat, a power-hungry eagle named Zeta ("Saturday Night Live's" Leslie Jones, having a tremendous amount of fun), who is planning to use an elaborate weapon to destroy the fowl and swine way of life. After picking their best and brightest, the birds and pigs come up with a scheme to infiltrate the island, deactivate the device and return to their respective paradises intact.

"The Angry Birds Movie 2" pulls few surprises, but it still has laughs up its sleeve, thanks to Josh Gad (as the hyper yellow bird, Chuck) and some hatchlings trying to keep watch over their unhatched siblings. Directed by animator Thurop Van Orman in his feature directorial debut, it's co-written by "Ice Age's" Peter Ackerman, Eyal Podell and Jonathon E. Stewart. Two central problems at its store: its video-game source provides little in terms of substance, which is likely why it's filled with too many characters to keep track of, and they tend all run (or in this case flock) together.

Even with some flaws, the voice cast here gels well together and seems to be having fun, especially the aforementioned comedian Jones as the chief villain, as well as Gad as speedy Chuck. However, "The Angry Birds Movie 2" is stolen by a few hatchlings trying to keep watch over some unhatched eggs, and their moments provide the most fun and laughs, as well as the best lines, delivered in Elmer Fudd-like tone: "O cwap" and "are you fweaking kidding me?"

"The Angry Birds Movie 2" has few surprises with its story, but it comes together nicely with some genuine laugh out loud moments (thanks to the hatchlings, along with a little dog and a cute seal); had it been any longer (and believe me, it could've been shorter), it would've felt like the latest Quentin Tarintino film. This may be a fun last outing for the young kiddoes, who'll enjoy this the most, before they head back to school.

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