The Angry Birds Movie

Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Dinklage Peter Dinklage
Mighty Eagle (voice)
Jason Sudeikis Jason Sudeikis
Red (voice)
Kate McKinnon Kate McKinnon
Stella (voice)
Sean Penn Sean Penn
Terence (voice)
Tituss Burgess Tituss Burgess
Photog (voice)
Bill Hader Bill Hader
Leonard (voice)
Ike Barinholtz Ike Barinholtz
Edward (voice)
Keegan-Michael Key Keegan-Michael Key
Judge Peckinpah (voice)
Maya Rudolph Maya Rudolph
Matilda (voice)
Danny McBride Danny McBride
Bomb (voice)
Josh Gad Josh Gad
Chuck (voice)

 

Review –3 minutes into this film, my girlfriend turned to me and asked how long was left. 9 minutes later (I counted,) she was laughing. And that pretty much summed up my experience with this film as well.

One second I was chuckling at the film, the next I was counting the seconds of my life as they ticked irreparably away….

The plot isn’t a terribly difficult one: A group of pigs steal away the eggs of a group of flightless/brainless/spineless ‘birds’ and they turn to the only character with a functioning brain cell in an attempt to get them back.

Now, you would be forgiven for thinking that this plot description- as well as the fact that this is the first movie in history based on a smartphone game that this probably going to be the worst film in the history of the world. And did I mention the fact that this is the (two) directors first feature film?

Well, rest easy because it’s not the worst video game film i’v ever seen. And it’s no-where close to being the worst film I’ve ever seen.

It’s fine. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to really avoid either. It’s got too much toilet humor for my tastes, with some gags that wouldn’t look out of place in a new American Pie film, and plenty of extended gags about therapy and the police to bore the little ones with. The plot meanders and takes forever to get going but that was to be expected. And the less said about the painfully obvious 3-d effects the better.

The voice actors are fine (although why J.K. Simmons wasn’t cast as the lead is beyond me) with no-body either excelling or humiliating themselves. No, not even Peeter Dinkladge as ‘Mighty EEgle.’

But my main issue was that the whole final act was.. well… made pointless by the actions of one of the characters (the yellow one- I never caught his name.) Who seems to have the same abilities as The Flash and could have rescued the eggs, defeated the villains and been back in time for tea. He’s seriously overpowered and needed to be slowed down making him think he was fast when in fact he was painfully slow would have been funnier.

At the end of the day, it was an amausing way to pass the time and if your dragged in by the little ones, it won’t hurt as much as you think.

My Score- If Nothing Else

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