Film Review by Jon E Clist
In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Gadd), and the volatile Bomb (McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.
This one is for the kiddies and yet not just for the kiddies. It’s birds, angry birds and naughty green piggies, what could be more fun than that? I know that for most of us we thought the age of angry birds was over, and yet it would seem that Rovio has figured out a pretty sure fire way of breathing new life into their aging aps. That being said it is rather amazing to know that since it was released in 2009, the Angry Birds game has been downloaded more than one billion times across all versions and platforms of mobile devices.
This is the directorial debut of Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly and therefore there is always going to be a risk as to whether this format of a game can transfer to cinematic success. I think in general it does the job brilliantly. There are plenty of great funny moments throughout the film and then it has been masterfully animated. This film looks great and plays well. I think the fact that on the game platform they had little video shorts dotted around has already bridged the gap between game and feature film. Now don’t be alarmed, there are some subtle differences between the games and tis cinematic outing. For example, they have arms unlike the games and Angry Birds Shorts within the games.
I don’t think there is much to say about the film other than it is a lot better than I expected and I found it so entertaining. This is a win big time. The voice talent is perfect and makes for great characters. It does seem a little like a bit of a Saturday Night Live cast reunion with the likes of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph in the mix. I think that is probably one of the reasons that work so well together.
Super funny and cleverly constructed for maximum entertainment. Plus it doesn’t hurt that there are some great adult orientated jokes hidden within it that will fly over the kids heads and help make the film more palatable for adults.
Releases: 12th May 2016
Duration: 97 minutes
Duration: 97 minutes
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale
Director: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
Third film Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage been in together, The first was Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and the second was Pixels (2015).
This film features the world-famous YouTube duo Smosh (Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox).
This will be the 2nd movie to feature Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla). The 1st being Smosh: The Movie (2015).
This will be Max Charles' first animated movie since Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014).