The Angry Birds Movie full movie review - Pluck the Life! I would rather play the game, than watch this movie, again.
Based on the 'Angry Birds' mobile game franchise by Rovio Entertainment. The film from Sony Pictures, was made after the success of the Finnish 2013's 'Angry Birds Toons' series.
No longer, told in uttered gibberish, the movie tells the story of Red (Voiced by Jason Sudeikis), a flightless bird, that everybody is mean to, for some odd reason, despite being a member of a happy, yet polite, peaceful society on Bird Island. All of this abuse, has cause him, to carry a bad attitude toward everybody, there which in return, forced him into anger management classes. It is here, where he met a group of misfits such as the fast-talking Chuck (Voiced by Josh Gad), explosive, Bomb (Voiced by Danny McBride), bio-polar, Matilda (Voiced by Maya Rudolph), and silence, but deadly, Terence (Voiced by Sean Penn), who also share, his distrust in orders. There are often seen at outsiders, however, when the island is visited by mysterious green pigs, it's up to these unlikely heroes to figure out what the pigs are up to, before it become too late. Without spoiling the movie, too much, I feel that, although Rovio's series has a popular fan base, it doesn't have, much of a story for a full-length feature film. After all, the overall plot of the game is about a group of angry flightless birds, going all kamikaze, on a lot of badly built, wooden and glass structure, built by green pigs. That said, the story in which director, Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly choose for their directorial debuts was not the best version, this concept could had. Written by 'the Simpsons' writer, Jon Vitti, the kid movie finally tells us, why the birds are so angry at the pigs, but it delivered it, in such a loud, crude, mean spirited and highly inappropriate way that there is no way, other than to describe it as ugly-looking. Don't get me wrong, the CGI anthropomorphic redesign, locations, and the 3D kinda works, but it's seems to me, that the movie was trying to be edgy & cool with its story, that it forgot to add substance. Things are just throw together without much reason or rhythm. Honestly, what does film references like a parody of 1980's 'The Shining' & 2012's 'Magic Mike', has to do with 'Angry Birds' world? What does mature-adult-driven songs like Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' & KRS One 'Sound of da police', relate to young children? Like really, how many kids below the age of 10, do the writers think, have heard of those references? Also, what is with the film, and all the disturbing sexual innuendoes humor? I get that, it might be jokes for adults, but how many of them, are willing to sit down, and watch 'Angry Birds'. Not that many. After all, only a few members of its 3 billion adult smart phone app users fan base went to see this film, during its run in theaters. That's not a good sign. Its direction is all over the way. The film doesn't know, if it want to appeal to kids or adults I sure that, 8 year olds will surely love, the toilet humor, presented here, but for me, I felt like some of the crude jokes, were too juvenile for my taste. It's weird for me, to say that, because I'm a huge fan of low brow humor, but I think, the low brow jokes needed to be, a little more clever and sophistical for me, to laugh at it. It felt too much of a throw away, here. Another thing, maybe, I'm looking too much, into a kid's movie, but I found the movie disturbing with its hidden anti-immigration xenophobia message. After all, it has an isolationism society lead by a Mighty Eagle (Voiced by Peter Dinklage) who is afraid of foreigner refugees, known to create bombs. Let me know, if anybody else, notice that, besides me, because this movie's story somewhat creeps me out. Its feels like if Donald Trump wrote this. Anyways, this film's message was supposed to be, 'it's okay to be angry sometimes, especially when that anger is put to good use', but that message was never truly explain well. At less, not in the levels of Pixar's 2015's 'Inside Out', levels. It gets somewhat lost in the scuffle. Another thing, I didn't like, about this film is, how annoying, some of the supporting characters, were. The pigs in the film, act too much like the Minions from 2015's 'Minion', with their baby-talk, explosive slapstick and goofy attitude. They were kinda annoying. Despite that, Bill Hader does a good job as their leader, Leonard. Then, there is the bird characters. I don't get why some of the birds characters act really mean-spirited for no good reason, despite being a society of good nature birds. Like honestly, why does everybody treat Red, so badly? If anything, everything that Red does, to the other members of the nest, is somewhat justified. However, the worst character in the film, for me, has to be, Chuck. He was a little too loud and annoying with his in your face style of talk. Despite that, everybody else in the bird's roles, did alright, although, the movie pacing is too slow. It takes forever, for the story to get going. It is way too padded out with Family Guy's style's 'flashbacks' and cut scenes. For me, the best part of the film for me is the climax, where the game part of the source material is honestly used. It was a great action scene. However, the dance ending, post-credit sequence is way too clichés. Overall: When it comes to video game movie adaptations, 'Angry Birds' is probably, not the worst movie on the list. Yet, it's nowhere near as the best movie out there. I have to say, this film really had some potential for greatness, but sadly, it felt like a low brow product placement manufactured cash grab. I can't recommended watching at all.