Better than it looks. So based on the immensely popular phone app (yes, it has come to that), this is about an island of flightless birds. When a ship of foreign pigs comes to their island, everybody is ready to open their arms and welcome them as new friends. One bird isn’t ready to do that: Red (Jason Sudeikis). He is not buying what they are selling, so he recruits a couple of his buddies (Josh Gad, Danny McBride) to reveal the true motivation behind their new guests. When news of this movie came to be, it really did seem like the absolute end of original ideas in Hollywood. It is damn near impossible to justify making a feature length movie based on one of the simplest of phone dexterity games that solely exists to kill time. But much like how they ran with the 32-page children book that is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and turned it into something special, they have made a movie that is far better than it has any right to be with The Angry Birds Movie.
I would have never believed you if you tried to sell me on this being a worthwhile movie at any point prior to me actually watching it.
You have some good voice actors featured here, and they fit the characters well. Josh Gad is better in animated form than he is on camera, and he knows exactly what to do after the mega-hit that is Frozen. Danny McBride is a natural, and Jason Sudeikis makes for a good anchor for the audience as Red. I would say that Red is much more insecure than he is angry, which makes for a character that is easier to relate to than if he was just a belligerent jerk. The first half of this is laugh out loud funny, and it has a good mix of written jokes and visual gags. For example, there is this giant, fat red bird (which you may or may not know from the game), and they manage to make him hilarious with hardly any dialogue, and that is something that is far easier said than done. The first half really had me won over, and while I wouldn’t go so far to say that the second half dropped the ball, I have to say that it starts off stronger than it finishes.
Strangely enough, when it actually turns into the Angry Birds game, it hits the weakest part of the movie.
I did enjoy this for what is, and I would even watch this again if it happened to pop up on television. I don’t know who exactly was asking for this movie to be made, but I do tip my hat for the effort that was placed forth; they could have put in the bare minimum into this and it would have made the same exact amount of money, so kudos for actually putting in the work. The first half is a 4 star movie, and the second half is a 3 star movie, so I will split the difference with my overall rating.
The Angry Birds Movie (2016) ***1/2
– Critic for Hire