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Review: The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie
05.19.2016
2 10

PLOT: A moderately angry bird named Red (Jason Sudeikis) finds himself forced to take anger management classes. But, when an army of seemingly friendly pigs invade Bird Island, Red winds up being the only bird to get his feathers ruffled by the newcomers – and maybe the only one who can save Bird Island from extinction!

REVIEW: It’s confession time folks. I’ve never played Angry Birds. I know this game dominated smartphones for years but whatever – I’m too busy on my Kindle or Spotify to bother much with it. So I went into THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE knowing absolutely nothing about this CGI universe, so you could say I watched it with the bar set pretty low. As long as it was cute I’d be happy – and I certainly wasn’t expecting something on par with Pixar or ZOOTOPIA in this Sony Imageworks production.

Sadly, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE managed not even to fulfill those admittedly modest expectations with this being an ordeal to sit through from start to finish. For one thing – these birds weren’t even really angry. Star-voice Jason Sudeikis only manages to evoke the moderate anger of an eye-roll, but I guess GRUMPY BIRDS isn’t as catchy a title. Granted this is a kid’s movie and should be reviewed as such. In that vein, I caught this at a packed Saturday morning promo-screening chockfull of kids, and to me they mostly seemed restless and bored. It takes a good half-hour for the story to kick in, and another half-hour after that for the conflict or angry bird action to start. Up to then it’s a modest, inoffensive collection of episodes that make it feel more like a string of viral videos cobbled together rather than an actual movie.

Given the thin premise (logline: angry birds) one probably shouldn’t hold it to a really high standard, but for a ninety minute comedy this is awful sluggish. In fact, most of the film seems to be driven by the hope kids will go home and download Angry Birds apps, while preferably checking out the soundtrack, chockfull of adult contemporary hits for the folks, with a big set piece set to a Blake Shelton country-ditty. So really, this is a commercial. Even worse – when the song “Behind Blue Eyes” is used they opt for the Limp Bizkit cover! Oh, the horror!

Probably the only thing ANGRY BIRDS has going for it are the colorful, cute birds and the voice cast. Sudeikis does his best to inject some personality into the part, even if an angrier actor in the part would have been more fun (imagine Michael Shannon voicing one?). Josh Gad does his usual thing as a manic bird named Chuck, while Danny McBride plays a chubby bird prone to exploding. Maya Rudolph and people like Keegan Michael-Key and Kate McKinnon try to give the film a little spice, but all to no avail. The only really funny voice acting comes from Bill Hader, who by now seems incapable of not being at least somewhat amusing. The highly touted voice acting by Sean Penn as a hulking bird named Terrence has little effect as all he does is grunt. If he wasn’t prominently billed you’d have no idea it was him.

Of course, many of you may think I’m being unreasonable by slamming something as innocuous as ANGRY BIRDS, but the argument that it’s “just for kids” holds very little water these days, when other “just for kids” movies like INSIDE OUT and ZOOTOPIA have become classics. Kids deserve better, and even they will likely be bored out of their minds by this one.

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11:47PM on 08/16/2016

Loved It!

I went into this with very low expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. I would say this movie deserves a 7/10 rating. I usually think your reviews are pretty spot on but I think this is just not your type of movie and there is nothing wrong with that. With a Cinemascore of B+ and $346 Million worldwide take, there are more who think the same as I do.
I went into this with very low expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. I would say this movie deserves a 7/10 rating. I usually think your reviews are pretty spot on but I think this is just not your type of movie and there is nothing wrong with that. With a Cinemascore of B+ and $346 Million worldwide take, there are more who think the same as I do.
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6:13PM on 05/22/2016

What color to disagree?

Saw the movie and it was better than this review says. It is hard to defend a slightly above average kids movie but it isn't the failure that a two suggests.
Saw the movie and it was better than this review says. It is hard to defend a slightly above average kids movie but it isn't the failure that a two suggests.
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10:46PM on 05/20/2016

I loved it!

I disagree with this review. A lot. The fact you never played the games kind nulls it, imo. Why didnt someone who played the game review it? Tons of cool references to the games throughout the film, I loved catching them as the movie went on and so did my son. Made me appreciate it even more. We loved every second of it. Lots of great adult humor in there too.
I also felt Red was quite the angry fella, so not sure what you watched there. He was grumpy, yes, but also pissed off at
I disagree with this review. A lot. The fact you never played the games kind nulls it, imo. Why didnt someone who played the game review it? Tons of cool references to the games throughout the film, I loved catching them as the movie went on and so did my son. Made me appreciate it even more. We loved every second of it. Lots of great adult humor in there too.
I also felt Red was quite the angry fella, so not sure what you watched there. He was grumpy, yes, but also pissed off at everything.
I felt it was a well-designed film. No, it wasnt Zooptopia or Inside Out, but did it have to be? No. It did its own thing and stuck true to its game roots. And I was cool with that.
(the Sean Penn thing was stupid, I admit that. I cant believe all he did was grunt throughout the whole movie... probably got a pretty hefty paycheck for it too. Waste).
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8:13AM on 05/22/2016
I NEVER (still, I understood some references) played the game but loved it nonetheless.
I NEVER (still, I understood some references) played the game but loved it nonetheless.
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9:25AM on 05/20/2016
I WANT TO SEE THAT MOVIE !!!
I WANT TO SEE THAT MOVIE !!!
8:34AM on 05/20/2016

If the movie bombs with the targer audience, lock and load!

I suspected this movie was going to be a loser with adults, but it's telling that the kids in the preview audience weren't into it either. I predict a swift, quiet demise for this flick.
I suspected this movie was going to be a loser with adults, but it's telling that the kids in the preview audience weren't into it either. I predict a swift, quiet demise for this flick.
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8:30AM on 05/20/2016

I've never played the game

But, I for one, found the film surprisingly fun and entertaining !
And the Shining gag alone, is worth the ticket's price !
But, I for one, found the film surprisingly fun and entertaining !
And the Shining gag alone, is worth the ticket's price !
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8:27AM on 05/20/2016
I'm sure it will be a hit had it been released 2 or 3 years ago when the game was a massive hit. Nowadays I'm not so sure but I'm sure kids will love it anyway.
I'm sure it will be a hit had it been released 2 or 3 years ago when the game was a massive hit. Nowadays I'm not so sure but I'm sure kids will love it anyway.
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7:39AM on 05/20/2016
Is there even a fan base for this game anymore? I feel like it was already fading when the movie was announced a few years ago and you almost never see kids wearing Angry Birds shirts anymore. I'll be shocked if this does well.
Is there even a fan base for this game anymore? I feel like it was already fading when the movie was announced a few years ago and you almost never see kids wearing Angry Birds shirts anymore. I'll be shocked if this does well.
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7:22AM on 05/20/2016

Who thought this was a good idea?

Even if they'd managed to come up with a decent script, the time for an Angry Birds adaptation was 3-4 years ago, when anybody gave a shit.
Even if they'd managed to come up with a decent script, the time for an Angry Birds adaptation was 3-4 years ago, when anybody gave a shit.
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7:13AM on 05/20/2016
Is anyone actually surprised it's terrible?
Is anyone actually surprised it's terrible?
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3:48AM on 05/20/2016
When you have a movie based on a phone game where the objective is to fling birds at pigs, what more could you expect? I realize that occasionally you get a hit out of something that probably shouldn't be as good as it is (The Lego Movie), but for the most part, these ideas themselves are pretty terrible. This review pretty much sums up what I thought this movie would end up being.
When you have a movie based on a phone game where the objective is to fling birds at pigs, what more could you expect? I realize that occasionally you get a hit out of something that probably shouldn't be as good as it is (The Lego Movie), but for the most part, these ideas themselves are pretty terrible. This review pretty much sums up what I thought this movie would end up being.
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