Is THE ANGRY BIRDS movie as addictive as the Angry Birds game?
It’s a tough gig coming into the animated film market. Let’s be honest; Disney Pixar is hard to match…let alone top. Anyone who gives it a go deserves a gold star for courage in my book! So, gold star to Rovio Entertainment who make their debut cinematic appearance this week with THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE.
In this 3D flick, we find out the history behind the anger management issues of the well-known feathery flock from the app ‘Angry Birds’.
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. Yet, when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what is afoot!
As you can see, the bones of the plot are far from unique. It’s a pretty standard warm and fuzzy tale with common lessons to be learned. The star here is the animation – it looks great! Sumptuous colour and detailed rendering ensure the film is a feast for the eyes.
It’s enjoyable to see familiar characters (familiar if you’ve played the game, of course) and interesting to see the personalities the filmmakers decided to give each of these previously mute characters.
There are some fun chuckles and oodles of cute factor.
But there’s something about this film that prevents it from really flying….perhaps the lack of experience is to blame: The studio is new to film, and it’s the first time Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly have sat in the director’s chair.
It’s a fun film, but it’s no Disney Pixar.
Colourful, cute and dishing out some nice chuckles, THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE is a fun, but unmemorable, film that will no doubt give Rovio Entertainment the surge in merchandise sales they need. I rate it 6 stars.