There was a time when birds and pigs would hardly come up in the same conversation together unless one talked swine flu. It happens to be also true that swine flu affects pigs but not birds. None of which helped the pigs escape the fate of being the enemy in the most successful video game of all time.
Here, the pigs remain hogs, that is they only want the eggs. And the birds don’t get angry enough. The sight of those helpless, flightless, harmless animals bursting and brimming with angry chuckles — wasn’t that what made Angry Birds work? Here it’s only Red (Sudeikis) who has anger issues, but with his outbursts grounded in very normal causes. The other birds have settled into a mellow domesticated world where females get lessons on how to carry eggs, men do housework, the eggs get their own learning classes before they hatch, and an anger-management class ripples with zen, namaste and some transcendental music.
That remains a one-note idea, like the rest of the film, even as Red somehow acquires two friends (Gad, McBride) while illogically going after the pigs, at least at first.
Penn merely gets to grunt as the heaviest, most-threatening bird around. Depending on where you are standing — bird side, pig side or his side — that’s not a bad thing.
Directed by Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
Voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Matilda, Peter Dinklage, Sean Penn
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