The Angry Birds Movie
Pluck my life
Classic Elsternwick - Sunday 22 May 2016, 10:00am
Running time: 97m
Country: United States
Release date: 19/05/16
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3/5, DP 4/5)
Red (Jason Sudeikis) is an outcast in the Bird Island community. He meets Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride) and Terrence (Sean Penn in his finest performance since Shanghai Suprise) in anger management group therapy, but Red is unwilling to let go of his angry ways. When Leonard the pig (Bill Hader) arrives on the island it appears a strong friendship will develop between the birds and the pigs, but his sinister motivation is soon revealed. Will the legendary Might Eagle (Peter Dinklage) be able to save the day?
The Angry Birds Movie takes the very simple premise of the game of the same name and tries to build a cohesive narrative around it... and it works. There's an engaging and sweet story here but it's the snappy script that gives this film wings. Yes, there's every bird and pig pun imaginable, but it's fast, witty and clever with enough to keep accompanying adults as interested as the children. The animation is wonderful and, although it doesn't do anything particularly original, breathes life into characters that have been well-written and wonderfully voiced.
There are moments when the plot awkwardly ticks boxes to align the story with the game, but considering how simple the game is it's not something that detracts too much from the enjoyment of the broader story. It's unlikely to win any awards but it's a light and enjoyable romp for all ages. (ME)