Review of 'The Angry Birds Movie'

angry_birds.jpg Set on an island of peaceful, care-free, and flightless birds, Red (Jason Sudeikis) is a bit of an outcast with his unpredictable temper. After being put on trial for his anger he is sent to anger management class where he demonstrates his anger by (hilariously) attacking the class's welcome sign (see the trailer). While Red is in class, the island is visited by a boat from which emerges a bearded pig named Leonard (Bill Hader) and his assistant Ross (Tony Hale). It quickly becomes apparent to Red (but, seemingly, no one else) that the pigs want more than to just be friends as more and more of their fellow pigs appear on the island. What are the pigs up to and can they be stopped?

Yeah, it is a lot of fun and, yes, a key plot point involves how the video game works (if you know then fine, otherwise you will have to watch the film). As you might expect, many of the characters are recognisable from the various Rovio mobile phone games.

The funniest bits from the film are in the trailer (how often is this true nowadays?) but there are a enough other chuckle moments to make it worth watching. The plot is not exactly Shakespeare but it is good enough for this type of film. What type is that? Hum, well, I can see that younger children would really enjoy it but there is enough here to keep adults amused as well - A winning combination in any animated film. The animation itself is vibrant with interesting action scenes throughout.

A shameless advertising gimmick? Maybe, but it is fun to watch, just don't look for any depth. Turn off the brain and sit back…

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2018-07-03

Directed by: Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly

Studio: Columbia Pictures

Year: 2016

Length: 97 minutes

Genre: Animation

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