Movie Review: Angry Birds
Angry Birds have come a long way since they first came out as a fun game (app) you could play on your phone or other device. I used to play that game a lot. It was the only game on my phone. Even now, years later, Angry Birds was one of the few games I had on my cellphone.
I can’t tell you how many times I deleted the game out of frustration – only to download it again. It can be an intense game.
Over the years the Angry Birds game has changed – including a Star Wars version.
Some how this fun, strategy game became a hit movie.
I used to work with a young boy who was OBSESSED with Angry Birds and anxiously waited for the movie to come out. He must have been one of the first ones in line. After he saw it he couldn’t stop talking about it. He had a lot of movie related toys and similar items too.
I didn’t have the opportunity to see the movie when it was in theaters, but I did receive a copy of the film to review.
Angry Birds, the movie, is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.
Angry Birds feature the voice talents of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage.
I was very impressed by the list of actor who voiced the characters in this film.
The film stars off with a bird named Red who accidentally causes a customer’s egg to prematurely hatch, which is not a good thing on Bird Island. The hatchling’s family takes Red to court where he is sentence to anger management classes.
Red is not fond of being forced to take anger management classes. Even at class he doesn’t make any effort to get to know anyone or even do the right thing.
One day a mysterious ship docks at the island (almost destroying Red’s home in the process). On board the ship are pigs.
The pigs seem to be OK and the birds welcome them to the island. Red is not so easily convinced that the pigs are harmless. He doesn’t trust them.
Red’s dislike for the pigs is validated when the pigs steal all of the eggs on the island to take back to their island. The pigs plan on eating the bird eggs.
What will the birds do to rescue their eggs? Will Red help out his fellow birds – even though he is a loner and has anger issues? To find out you need to purchase or download a copy of Angry Birds. Look for it where ever movies are sold.
Angry Birds has A LOT of bonus features. I have reviewed a lot of movie over the years and I have never seen a film with so many bonus features. Here are just a FEW of them.
There are a few mini-movies/shorts based on the characters.
- Early Hatchling Gets the Worm
- Mother’s Day
- Meet the Hatchlings
I wouldn’t be shocked if there is another animated film in the future based on the Hatchlings. They are super cute.
Other bonus features include:
- Creating the Real World of Angry Birds
- Crafty Birds
- Meet the Birds
- Meet the Pigs
- Music Video – “Friends” by Blake Shelton.
There are several other bonus features. They are worth checking out if you have the opportunity, most especially the mini-movies/shorts mentioned above.
As far as the movie goes, this is a fun, family friendly film. It’s very colorful (literally) and filled with a lot of interesting characters.
The animation is superb. The film makers made sure to put a lot of details into every aspect of this film – right down to the feather-like texture on the birds.
I love the background animation (trees, beach…). It was very well done.
I find it interesting how the film makers were able to incorporate aspects of the Angry Birds games into the film. For example, using the catapult to break into the Pig’s fortress. I also like how the film makers made the characters resemble the game world counter parts.
The mini-movies/shorts are good. I think I like them a wee bit more than the movie.
I got mixed reviews from my kids and my husband. My husband wasn’t fond of the film at all (he got bored with it almost from the beginning). Both of my kids (teens) were “on the fence” about it. There were aspects of it they liked and other things they didn’t like.
I do know that both of my kids did download Angry Birds on their phones after watching the film (they haven’t played that game in years – just like me). I think the film renewed their interest in the game.
Below is the film’s trailer. This is a theatrical trailer. The film is now available for home viewing.
Did you see Angry Birds? If so, what did you think of the film?
*I received a free copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.
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