I was supposed to see "Miles Ahead" today, however the showing was cancelled, so I decided to see "The Angry Birds Movie" instead, as it was the only movie close to me that I haven't seen yet and had any desire to see. I didn't have very high expectations, as it was hard to see how they could make a really good movie out of such a basic premise, however it looked like it could provide some funny moments, so I decided to give it a watch.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by the film. The writers did a good job of taking the basic premise of the plot and making it into a full-length movie. While the plot isn't great, the first half provides character development and the second half is closer to the adaptation of the game. The movie is predictable, however most movies aimed at younger audiences are, so that wasn't surprising. The writing did a good job of making the audience care for the protagonists in a short amount of time. The messages of individuality and acceptance are good without being overly preachy in the process.
There were some really great comedic moments in the film. A lot of the funniest moments were subtler, based on irony or puns that can be funny. There are also some double entendres that are aimed to make the older audience members laugh which are almost blatantly obvious, however will likely go over kids' heads.
There are some really funny performances in the film. Jason Sudekis is funny as Red, capturing the personality of who you would imagine the character from the app being. Josh Gad is also very funny as Chuck. While he is characterized differently than the game portrays him, Chuck is still a good character. My favorite performance in the film, however, has to be Peter Dinklage, who plays the Mighty Eagle. That character provided some of the funniest moments in the film to me, and Dinklage seemed to be a perfect fit. Keegan Michael-Key, Hannibal Buress, and Bill Hader are also funny in their roles.
While "The Angry Birds Movie" is obviously not great, it is thoroughly entertaining, and it also deserves credit for putting a story to such a simple concept from an app. I think that most kids will like this film, and it is entertaining enough for adults too.
The Angry Birds Movie
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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