ANGRY BIRDS – review

 

ANGRY BIRDS

For everyone who has a smart phone, iPad, or other tablet we all have played or seen our kids play Angry Birds.  I have played and enjoyed the game, I didn’t know how they would make an animated flick of this game, or how well it would play not only to me, but to my daughter.  2010 is when the app was first launched and there is different versions of the game.images-14

The problem for Angry Birds is that Lego Movie made it very difficult for brand movies,  The Lego movie was very good and unfortunately for other brand movies they will be compared to it.  I knew it was going to be a tough act for first time directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly to bring what we are used to seeing as small birds being catapulted into structures where the green pigs sit awaiting being destroyed.  imgres-23

There is humor, but most of it is focused at teenage boys.  Red (Jason Sudeikis) is a bird who can’t fly.  He is trying to deliver a present for “Hatch Day”, but is yelled at from the client. This makes him made and we see it in his eyebrows and he gets Angry and throws the cake on everyone.  Red has to go to Anger-management class where he meets a fast yellow bird named Chuck (Josh Gad), and Bomb (Danny McBride) who as you can tell by his name blows up when he gets mad.  images-15

Red is a little suspicious when a ship shows up on the island led by Leonard (Bill Hader) a green pig. The pigs are trying to win over the island with high tech technology, and also a somewhat funny show.  The main reason the pigs are on the island is to steal the eggs, and they bring the all important sling shot.  

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Some of the humor kids won’t get because of the nature of the humor.  Kids won’t understand with the humor based on bird biology.  In one scene we learn how birds don’t really pee, and also a mother bird packs a lunch by regurgitating it. They also add scenes from movies kids won’t know such as the Shining.  

Yes, Red and his buddies have to sling themselves into the pig city to save the eggs and tear down the pigs way of life.  This is the only fun part of the flick for those who love the game it is a blast to see it come to life on the big screen.  I just wish there was more of it, and less how we get there.  The main problem with Angry Birds is what it is going to be compared to  The Lego Movie.  Angry Birds does not do a good enough job manufacturing a story to go along with the game itself.  

I grade Angry Birds a C, if you are a fan of the game it might be a B, but if not don’t go to the movies to see it wait to see it on dvd or netflix.  

Tiffany Watts 

 

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