It’s very 2019 to make an entire movie based on a smartphone game, but it’s even more 2019 to make a sequel to that movie. Modern-day audiences have apparently lost interest in original content, so here we are with Angry Birds 2, the sequel that nobody asked for. But early reviews are in and people seem to actually…like it?
The positive reviews are pretty shocking considering that critics ripped apart the first movie, which was released in 2016. The star-studded cast, including Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Bill Hader, was not enough to save it. But Angry Birds 2, which premieres today, might have just redeemed the franchise. It’s currently rated at 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and continues to receive praise from critics at early screenings.
New York Times critic Bilge Ebiri was a fan of the film’s humor, perhaps due in part to the new cast members including Leslie Jones, Tiffany Haddish, Sterling K. Brown. “The hoops our heroes jump through become increasingly surreal and hilarious,” he writes.
The Washington Post‘s Pat Padua thinks Angry Birds 2 even offers educational value, though he notes it’s admittedly “not great cinema.” He does, however, point out the “valuable lessons about teamwork and forgiveness,” and “plot and action based on the foundational principles of mathematics”.
Apparently, this is one of the few times a sequel does better than the original movie. Los Angeles Times critic Justin Chang says, “The Angry Birds Movie 2, with its manic but never frenetic barrage of puns, needle drops and romantic subplots, pays a few cinematic dividends that a touch-screen interface cannot.”
Okay, Angry Birds 2. We see you.