There's so much more we could be getting out of a Nicki Minaj/Awkwafina/Zach Woods combo.
First of all, this is not an endorsement of turning video games into movies. The track record for those adaptations has been, well, "less than stellar" is the nicest way to put it. Even low-budget streaming shows like Netflix's Castlevania mostly just look good by comparison next to the massive flops and blockbuster gambles like the 2010 Prince of Persia. And both of those are classic games with actual story lines—forcing a plot onto a puzzle game meant to be played on the toilet is an even taller order.
The original Angry Birds mostly lucked out by being not the worst thing anyone remembers from 2016, but it still sits at a comfortable 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (and at 46 percent with the usually friendlier audience score). One of the most positive reviews calls it "actually very actively okay." In any event, we're getting a sequel and the cast for it sounds... great?
The big news, according to Variety, is the addition of Nicki Minaj, but other names include Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Peter Dinklage, all returning from the first movie, along with newcomers Awkwafina, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Leslie Jones, and Zach Woods.
A good cast isn't everything, especially since actors have even less control over the final product in an animated movie than in a live action one, but, God, how dare Sony make us want a freaking Angry Birds sequel to be watchable? Honestly, animating this thing in the first place is probably a mistake. Just have half the cast playing the game while the other half comments on it like Terrace House. Done. Easily $500 million opening weekend.
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