Why Angry Birds 2? Because the first one made some money. Because there’s built-in name recognition thanks to the popular mobile game. That’s it. That’s the only reason.

This time out, the Birds That Don’t Fly (except by slapstick catapult) join forces with the enemy green pigs from another remote island — seriously, don’t ask — to repel an assault by the eagles of yet another island none of them knew about before. This assault is led by Zeta (the voice of Leslie Jones: Sing), for no apparent reason other than a jilted romance that left her angry and bitter. Just like a woman!

The Angry Birds Movie 2

“I’m not gonna be ignored! Wonder if there’s an island of bunnies I can boil…”

Angry bird Red (the voice of Jason Sudeikis: Booksmart) — still selfish and insecure, just like we want in a hero — will lead the charge, the entire purpose of which is, apparently, to prove that he should have, in fact, left all leadership duties to smart, capable Silver (the voice of Rachel Bloom). But never fear! Male-coded animated characters remain resolutely at the center of this painfully stupid faux-woke narrative, which wants to have its male protagonist and its nods to feminism at the same time.

Spoiler: There’s nothing progressive about an idiot male protagonist with no plan to save the day being assisted by the female character who could have just been the hero in the first place. No, not even if he eventually grudgingly acknowledges this. Nor is there anything amusing in Speedy bird Chuck (the voice of Josh Gad: A Dog’s Journey) policing his sister Silver’s romantic access to Red. Nor is it even remotely charming that the brilliant, awesome Silver does indeed end up falling for petulant, mediocre Red. It’s just more of the same garbage that sends appalling gendered messages to kids. They are listening, and they are absorbing, and they deserve better.

see also:
The Angry Birds Movie movie review: what the shell?

Click here for my ranking of this and 2019’s other releases.

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