Angry Birds (2016)

September 20, 2016

When I first heard that they were making a movie out of the game Angry Birds, I scratched my head and thought, "Nothing good could come of this." Then I saw the trailer and thought about the same thing. Having seen the film, I have to say they surprised me. The film is completely serviceable, a bit entertaining and sometimes very funny.

The story of the film follows the basic idea of the mobile game: Pigs come and steal eggs from the birds. The birds get angry and go and destroy the pigs place and take the eggs back. I am pretty sure that's not a spoiler to anyone. There are characters in the film like Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), Matilda (Maya Rudolph), Terence (unrecognizable Sean Penn) and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage). The actors do what they can with what they have, which is really not that much. But, it all works out.

Chuck, the yellow hyperactive bird was the best of the movie. He was hilarious.

The PG rating for the movie lists "crude humor" as one of the reasons and let me emphasize: There is some crude humor in this film. The whole Wisdom Lake sequence is an example of this. There are laughs in the film, but they are also quite some moments of boredom. The funniest bit was the above mentioned Wisdom Lake sequence which had me laughing until my eyes were watering.

The film is a bit slow in the first half, but once the birds get to do some fighting, the movie starts to become both funny and engaging. I do like how the film looks with its bright vivid colors and cartoony characters. It is a feast for the eyes.

Angry Birds proved me wrong and showed they could turn a mobile game into a movie. It was funny and entertaining.


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