Angry Birds (2016)
Directed by: Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly
Featuring the voices of: Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Sean Penn, Bill Hader and many more
Yes, Angry Birds the movie is based on THAT game and this should not be a reason to avoid this film. In fact as far as video game adaptions go it is one of the better ones – made easier by its premise of birds vs. pigs – not natural nemesis’s but it worked great in the game and somehow works equally great in the movie.
This really is a movie for all ages and does what the best animated films do best that is make a movie based around some of the issues of being a child and how this can have repercussions in later life. How you can be different and try not to let that effect you by separating you from others, yet missing the involvement of people in your lie.
The film is pretty bold and deals with the complex emotion of rage as a disease along with treatment and acceptance – helped by the nefarious pigs plans to steal the bird’s greatest treasure, their eggs. Red the main character has to quickly help his village harness their rage into a useful tool to retrieve their lost treasure.
The film is extremely fast paced and of course saves the best for last with the attack on the pig city straight out of the game. I have to admit to playing the game but not for years, and it made me want to download the latest game and have a crack. It was a strange feeling recognizing certain birds and their abilities and looking forward to how the filmmakers were going to make it look on the big screen – and it doesn’t disppoint. My favorite was the bird that farted explosives – so childish and yet so funny.
The film is stolen by Josh Gads yellow bird Chuck who zips around and is obviously an ADD coffee addicted avian maniac but like his Olaf from Frozen really pushes the boundaries of good taste.
There is so much going on the film has to be experienced and I am sure your child will thank you for it.