Relapsing – Birdemic 2: The Resurrection Reviewed

7 Apr
This can't end well...

Zombies. This can’t end well…

The hovering, dive bombing eagles are back – as are the exceptional acting and dialog you’ve come to expect from this franchise. Does it improve upon the original, or suffer from the sophomore slump?

I was recently able to catch the San Francisco premiere of Birdemic 2: The Resurrection, and it made me think about my review of the first movie. At the time, I said I liked the movie in many spots, but was ultimately disappointed with the inconsistency. I knew a sequel was coming, and hoped that an increased budget would help. I’m not sure the budget helped, but I definitely enjoyed the hell out of it this time around.

Birdemic 2 takes place a year or so after the first one ends. Rod (Alan Baugh) and Nathalie (Whitney Moore) are still together, and have moved their dance-crazy romance down to Southern California. There they meet Bill (Thomas Favaloro), a director looking to get financing for his next big movie and Gloria (Chelsea Turnbo), the waitress he convinces to audition for his opus. Awkward courting again ensues.  And then it starts raining blood because, you know, global warming, and suddenly the sky fills with resurrected prehistoric eagles (which look remarkably like regular eagles) out for revenge. Oh, and there are zombies.

The formula from the first movie is definitely in place here, with a nod and a wink to its predecessor. The overlong, awkward opening drive from the first movie has been replaced with a hilariously long, strutting walk through Hollywood. The stilted dialog delivered in random, baffling ways is back – with the newcomers quickly securing their place among the Birdemic acting all-stars. Forced exposition again handles the film’s message – that Global Warming is bad – with the delicacy of a jack-hammer, and while the eagles have seemingly learned how to flap this time around, they continue to hover and shriek ominously most of the time. The obligatory dance scene is back – this time with two songs. And there are so many high fives you could get pretty trashed turning it into a drinking game.

I need to stress, these are all good things. Those elements were the high points of the first film, and were a big reason for its cult following.

Where this film really improves on the last is in the pacing. It’s much more consistently insane this time around, which helps tremendously. And did I mention there are zombies? In typical Birdemic fashion, they are around for one scene before being dropped from the plot completely. The increased budget can be seen in the (slightly) improved video quality and effects. And the fact that they traded up from a van in the first movie to an RV in this one.

Unfortunately, they must have blown all that extra money before they got around to buying microphones. The sound editing gurus from the first film are back, and the intermittently unintelligible audio is even more frustrating this time around. I’m not sure how much was an intentional nod to the first film and how much was them not realizing they could get Adobe Audition for $50/month and clean up a lot of the sound issues. The camp comes from the dialog and delivery, which only works when you can hear what the actors are saying.

Sound aside, I really enjoyed this movie. Seeing this in a raucous theater of like-minded fans dramatically enhances the experience, so I highly recommend that if you watch this movie you do so in a theater – or at the very least with others who love the camp of b-movies.

And I do recommend you catch this movie. Just make sure you’re in the mood to laugh.

Personally, I can’t wait for Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle…

8 high fives out of 10

On a side note, I wanted to mention the passing of Roger Ebert. I didn’t always agree with his reviews – and I certainly don’t agree with his stance that video games aren’t art – but I always admired and respected him. His evisceration of Battlefield Earth is still one of my all-time favorite reviews. He will be missed.

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3 Responses to “Relapsing – Birdemic 2: The Resurrection Reviewed”

  1. quietthinker1 April 8, 2015 at 12:10 am #

    Hey Thomas and Amy. I’m a fairly new blogger getting into bad movie reviews and I just covered the first Birdemic film last night. I’d love it if you’d be willing to check it out. Keep up the great blogging!

    https://quietthinker1.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/birdemic-confusion-disgust/

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    • phoenixx24 April 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm #

      Loved it! 😀

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      • quietthinker1 April 12, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

        Glad you liked it! I’d love if you let me know if you’re ever looking for a guest poster or anything like that. Keep up the great blogging!

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