Entertainment Hive 2017

The Angry Birds Movie

Review by Honey B

Director: Clay Katis & Fergal Reilly Vocal Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader Plot: In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. Verdict: Considering these birds don’t fly, this movie really takes off. The film also rises above the odds as it has been adapted from a highly popular game with little story to go from. Not that anyone playing the game was concerned about the back-story between the birds and the piggies, but this story is pretty fun. The island paradise that these little waddling birds live on is a pretty harmonious place, save for a few outcasts who have anger issues such as the movie’s star, the lonely Red (voiced by Sudeikis). Anyone misbehaving has to go to anger management classes taught by yogi (Maya Rudolph) and this is where Red meets Chuck (Gad) and Bomb (McBride). When a few piggies show up on a boat the birds are all welcoming, except for Red who doesn’t trust these green seafarers who come in and start taking over the island. Red is right to mistrust these deceitful pig as they are hiding a ship-load full of their little green kind who quickly start to take-over the island. The whole flock turns to Red once they discover he was right not to trust the newcomers – as the pigs have stolen away in the night with all of the bird’s eggs. Red becomes the hero as he leads the birds across the ocean to take on the pigs at their own game and save their babies. The birds use the pigs own slingshots and trampolines against them in an exciting crash and bash finale, where not matter what happens everyone survives including the naughty pigs. While this flick is certainly aimed at youngsters with plenty of vivid colour and cute characters, there’s certainly enough smart humour and an awesome soundtrack to keep parents laughing as well – especially if they are slightly cranky!
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