Blu-ray Review: ‘The Angry Birds Movie’

So, ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ is kind of all over the place. Some of it is really fun and hilarious. Other bits are just downright annoying. The movie has entire sections that are exceptionally clever for a kids film. Then others are unbelievably infantile and kind of irritating. It’s such a mixed bag that I am having a really tough time telling you how you should go about seeing it.

The real question I had going into this movie was, “What the heck is this going to even be about?” Well, the answer is that it’s not about a lot, but a lot certainly happens. The plot breaks down like this. Red (Jason Sudeikis) is a better with anger issues. Which leads him to being sentenced to anger management classes. In these classes he meets speedy Chuck (Josh Gad) and self destructive Bomb (Danny McBride). They develop a relationship of sorts, but mostly they just bounce words off each other until a catalyst brings them together.

Then some suspicious pigs show up to do something bad, but nobody believes Red. This leads him to get his friends together to begin a quest to save the bird island from the evil pigs. Obviously, more happens, but I’m not at liberty to ruin it (birds fly into buildings) until after the movie is released and I honestly won’t care by then. So, you’re safe.

Bottom line, the opening ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ is clever. The middle drags and is filled with bad jokes. Then the ending is a blast of video game to big screen fun. Which leaves the movie at a 2/3 good to bad ratio and that’s good enough to check it out some day. The voice acting is good and there are some laughs.

Nathan Ligon

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