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With the second review out this week, let’s talk about Storks! To be honest, I wasn’t super excited for this movie, but I like the vocal cast, so I did want to check it out. I sure didn’t expect it to be very good just from the marketing. I think that the concept is alright, but the trailers and television spots really didn’t get the job done for me. Warner Bros. put out an amazing animated movie in 2014 with The Lego Movie, so if Storks could even come close to The Lego Movie, I would have been happy. Let’s get into the review!
Storks is directed by Nicholas Stoller and stars Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, and Ty Burrell. After babies were the main source of business for storks for many years, they have stopped delivering babies and have started delivering packages of goods. The storks are basically the overnight UPS guys in our world. When one little boy requests a baby brother, the baby machine is accidentally turned back on, and one baby must be delivered to the family without anyone finding out.
Like I said, I didn’t expect Storks to be good. I wasn’t exactly optimistic about it coming in. Well, I have to say I’m very impressed. This movie was actually good! I was really surprised by this movie, and based on what I expected, I’m really blown away. First of all, the animation in this movie is fantastic. The storks look good, and the world design is really great. Right down to what the babies look like, the animation is fantastic. I also found the story of the kid who wants the little brother really compelling and emotionally, I was completely involved. It kind of broke my heart to see this little kid who just wanted someone to hang out with, but his parents were busy. It really did get to me. I also found what was going on back at the home of the storks very interesting, and the two characters working to deliver the baby really worked for me! The entire film really had a compelling story, and the story continues to get better and better as the movie goes on. By the end, I was really into the movie, and the end hammered it home. The last fifteen minutes of this film are absolutely fantastic! They really hit the nail on the head as far as having an emotional finish and a strong conclusion to a very tidy story.
There aren’t many glaring negatives with this movie. I thought that a lot of the jokes actually hit, but a few times I felt like it used tons of gags. It felt like the movie was divided every once in a while into small pieces and lost a little bit of its togetherness. I don’t want to say it lost cohesion because I think that the story was tightly wound and I didn’t find storytelling errors or huge pacing errors, but it did feel like a series of shorts sometimes. Also, I thought that one character had way too much screen time. I think that the character was intended to be a much bigger hit, but I thought that he had way too much screen time and mattered way more than he should have. Finally, this movie kept getting better and better as we moved on, so unfortunately that means I waited for it to pick up to its highest point. I didn’t think that the beginning was bad, but it was definitely not near where the final fifteen minutes are.
Overall, I am really pleasantly surprised by Storks. I think it had a tightly wound story that was emotionally compelling. It was really well animated, and the jokes hit harder than I thought they would. There are genuine moments in this movie that made me laugh. I was really emotionally invested in the film, and I think that the final fifteen minutes are absolutely fantastic. It didn’t have huge glaring problems, but sometimes it felt like a series of shorts, and one character had way too much screen time and kind of started to get on why nerves. I’m going to give Storks a 7/10.
Are you headed out to see Storks this weekend? Comment down in the comment section and let me know! I also have a review out for The Magnificent Seven, so if you would like to check that out you can click right HERE! Next week I should have reviews out for Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Masterminds, and Queen of Katwe, so be sure to stick around for all of those! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!