The Angry Birds Movie
The Angry Birds Movie (or simply Angry Birds) is a 2016 3D computer-animated Finnish-American comedy film based on the video game series of the same name created by the Finnish IOS and Android game company Rovio Entertainment, but it can also be interpreted to be a prequel to, or an origin story behind the original game.
Produced by Rovio Animation (a division of Rovio Entertainment), it was animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks. It was directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly in their directorial debuts, and written by Jon Vitti. The film stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage.
Flightless birds lead a mostly happy existence, except for Red (Jason Sudeikis), who just can't get past the daily annoyances of life. His temperament leads him to anger management class, where he meets fellow misfits Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb. Red becomes even more agitated when his feathered brethren welcome green pigs to their island paradise. As the swine begin to get under his skin, Red joins forces with Chuck and Bomb to investigate the real reason behind their mysterious arrival.
Why It Rocks
- The film follows faithfully to the source material as it was been set as the prequel to the game for making more sense unlike other video game films poorly made video game movies, for example, the 1986 Japanese animated movie, Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, has some elements that are not faithful to the original game, unlike this film.
- The film has a really great message about fighting back, "You have to take back what's yours by fighting back" when Red encourages the rest of the birds to let their anger loose.
- For the most part, the characters are rather likable, such as Red, Chuck, Bomb and even Leonard (or known as King Mudbeard).
- The animation is very fluid and detailed, with great backgrounds, and the character designs are pretty good as well.
- Easy eyes on the birds, especially Red, the main character of the movie, he is very cute and very adorable!
- Great soundtrack composed by Heitor Pereira.
- The idea of a movie about the Angry Birds' origin story was fairly interesting and is handled well for the most part.
- The scene of how Terence got into anger management was actually funny, despite being a bit dark.
- Great and talented voice acting.
- Entertaining and funny jokes for the most part that sometimes reference the game, such as Red telling the other bird family of the 3 stars ranking.
- The second movie had even better reviews and was a major improvement.
- Judge Peckinpah became likable towards Red in the other half of the movie and he and the other birds learned Red's lesson.
- There are plenty of other references to the games, like the picture of Red getting angry at the other birds, which resembles the art style of the older Angry Birds games and Angry Birds Toons.
- Some unfunny, stale and repetitive humor and obnoxious moments, mostly involving things such as butt jokes, crotch jokes, toiletries and/or bathroom humor, etc. For example, when Red, Chuck, and Bomb were making their way to the Mighty Eagle, Chuck and Bomb create what they imagine to be his battle cry. This caused them to make a variety of obnoxious barn animal noises.
- There was an unnecessarily long and somewhat disgusting scene where Red, Chuck, and Bomb found out what the Mighty Eagle actually did in the water.
- It has quite a few jokes that are rather inappropriate for a family movie, such as a book called "Fifty Shades of Green", Mighty Eagle watching an old bird in a tub, and Chuck calling the females to "get busy".
- There are also adult jokes in a kids' movie. For example, the quotes "Pluck my life" (F*ck my life) and "I need some angry flocking birds" (I need some angry f*cking birds). Additionally, in one scene the Mighty Eagle accidentally hits his head and says "Son of a.." which is cut off by the next scene.
- The film has too many pop-culture references.
- While the characters are likable for the most part, some of them can be unlikable, annoying and cliched, such as Judge Peckinpah as he acts as a jerk and nuisance towards Red in the first half of the movie, though it’s kinda justified and the pigs.
- Despite Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox having their names being labeled in the main cast, Hal and Bubbles do not get as much screen time as the other main characters. However, their lack of appearances were made up in an animated short which focuses on them, and it was animated in flash. Plus: They did not do that good job of voicing Hal and Bubbles with their voices sounding nothing like they do in the TV Series.
- Some mean-spirited moments, such as the flashbacks of Red's childhood.
The Angry Birds Movie received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, audiences and fans alike who praised the soundtrack, animation and voice acting but criticized the story and humor. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 43% based on 159 reviews and an average rating of 4.94/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "The Angry Birds Movie is substantially more entertaining than any film adapted from an app has any right to be—which may or may not be much of an endorsement.". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 43 out of 100 based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
The Angry Birds Movie was a box office hits, grossing over $352 million worldwide and becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of all time to be based on a video game, behind Warcraft, Detective Pikachu, and Rampage.