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The Angry Birds Movie Movie Review

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The Angry Birds Movie Movie Review. Sorry if that title threw you off a little bit. I promise I meant to say “movie” twice. Anyways, after reviewing The Nice Guys, next up on the list is The Angry Birds Movie! When I think about Angry Birds, I think about how much fun I had playing the game on my phone and on other phones. I think about how I believe it is one of the best phone games of all time. I remember buying the Mighty Eagle for a hefty 99 cents to be able to pass those levels I couldn’t get past by myself. I remember those things from roughly three or four years ago. Personally, I’m not really that interested in Angry Birds anymore. I don’t think that many people are. Angry Birds ran its course such a long time ago, and this movie is just so late. Had it been released two or three years ago, I may have been more excited for it, but unfortunately, it wasn’t, so the Angry Birds craze has run its course. The one saving grace for my anticipation of this movie was the voice cast which consisted of many of my favorite comedic talents today, so I had some hope for this movie, but let’s talk about it.

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The Angry Birds Movie is directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly and stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, and Keegan-Michael Key. Red, played by Jason Sudeikis, is an angry bird in a community of happy birds. After an angry incident, he is sentenced to anger management class where he meets Chuck, Bomb, and Terrence. After a new species arrives on the birds’ island, they discover that they are not alone anymore, and Red is the only bird who is just a bit skeptical of the pigs and their plans.

Concerned villagers, including Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), Matilda (Maya Rudolph), Stella (Kate McKinnon) and Judge Peckinpah (Keegan-Michael Key) gather on the beach in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation's ANGRY BIRDS.

Let’s talk about a few positives I had with The Angry Birds Movie. First of all, the voice cast was very good. It was just as good as I was expecting with some if my favorite comedy actors and some of my favorite recent Saturday Night Live cast members. The actors didn’t have much to work with, but they did really, really well with the material that they had. This movie was also very well animated. There were so many minute details that were so well animated and so thoughtful. All of the birds look phenomenal, and all of the landscapes, which are a very important part of the setting in this film, were perfect. Finally, I like that the movie tried to reach an adult audience. Does it reach the adult audience in the same way that say Inside Out did or the way any of the Toy Story movies do? I don’t think that it does. I have to give it some credit for not pandering to only one target audience just as the most recent animated film I saw, Ratchet and Clank, did.

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I have my share of negatives with the movie, too. First of all, this movie didn’t have a very strong screenplay. It felt like so many of the jokes and lines fall so far flat, and much of the dialogue didn’t work for me. There are a couple parts where I got a smile, and there is one decent reference, but for the most part, the dialogue is very flat. Next, which is one of my biggest problems with the movie, is that this movie is like a strange sequence of montages that feels like it is constantly moving towards a different goal. A large part of a director’s job is to put together a cohesive story with everyone on board, and I just didn’t feel that way about this movie. I also didn’t find it very interesting. The characters were pretty flat, the story was pretty flat, and it’s just not something I could really get in to. I mentioned that it did aim for the older audience by throwing adult joke after adult joke into a PG rated movie, but often times I didn’t think that the jokes hit. I just kind of looked around to see if anybody else was a little bit confused as to why they were being so blunt in this movie.

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Overall, I can’t say that I liked The Angry Birds Movie, but it surely wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. There were actually some good elements in the film, and I’m glad that I didn’t have to sit here and write to you telling you that this was a terrible movie. I think it had its flaws, and it surely isn’t one of the best animated movies I have seen recently in a time where animated movies do relatively well, but it does have its positives. I’m going to give The Angry Birds Movie a 5/10.

Bomb (Danny McBride) explains his explosive condition in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation's ANGRY BIRDS.

Have you had a chance to see The Angry Birds Movie? If you have, be sure to comment below and let me know what you thought! Will you be headed out to the theater this weekend to see a movie? There are three new movies out this weekend including The Nice Guys, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and of course, The Angry Birds Movie. If you would like to check out my review for The Nice Guys you can click right HERE, and I should have a review out for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising shortly after this review is posted, so be sure to stick around for that. As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm