Certain video games that have been adapted into feature-length movies have experienced moderate box office success (Resident Evil), but despite the reported earnings, video game fans are still waiting for a worthy video game adaptation that will be both a critical and box office success. Next up to take a shot movie stardom are those raging fowls and evil little porkers from the very popular Angry Birds games in The Angry Birds Movie. A movie that attempts to translate a simple handheld game to the big screen with a plot of pigs are bad and birds are good. Not an easy task.
As you would expect the film can only do so much with what they are given from the source material, but The Angry Birds Movie manages to stretch the story out even if the work plays like an extended Saturday morning cartoon. A little bird named Red (Voiced by Jason Sudeikis) who is stuck in anger managements for past aggressions becomes weary of the new piggy visitors who have come to the island with a devious plan to exploit the birds. The gang of birds voiced by Josh Gadd, Sean Penn and Danny McBride must join Red as he smashes the pigs’ plans.
As stated earlier, you can’t expect Shakespeare when turning a game on your phone into a motion picture. Your kids will get a kick out of the little birds bashing and blowing up buildings while spouting bird themed puns that may cause the adults to giggle more than they would expect heading into the film. Just don’t expect a movie experience with the generational appeal of an Inside Out or How to Train Your Dragon. The Angry Birds Movie caters to a younger audience, but parents won’t be too annoyed sitting through the 97 minute long running time thanks to a voice cast that brings some harmless fun to a very simple story.
Overall, I give The Angry Birds Movie 2.5 out of 4 stars.
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