The Angry Birds Movie is an animated 3D film based on the popular mobile app. The story takes place on a happy little island filled with colorful flightless birds with a tendency to be obnoxiously nice.
Lead character Red (Jason Sudeikis) is bullied as a young hatchling because he looks different and still believes in the Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage). Peter Dinklage’s voice is perfect for the Mighty Eagle, as he pulls off a balance between a god and the wizard from “The Wizard of Oz”.
The teasing causes Red to leave the colony of birds and live alone, but unfortunately for him, he still has to interact with them. His problem conforming then buys him an appearance in front of Judge Peckinpah (Keegan-Michael Key) who sends him off to anger management classes, where he meets Matilda (Maya Rudolph); the zen master tasked with curing his anger. We also get to meet a couple of fellow outcasts as well. Chuck (Josh Gad), a bird with roadrunner speed but has trouble with honesty; Bomb (Danny McBride) a bird with a short fuse and explosive personality; and Terence (Sean Penn) the quiet Intimidator.
The birds are unaware that there is anything outside of the inhabitants of the island until the day the green piggies land on their beach. Red is suspicious from the moment Leonard (Bill Hader) and his adorable band of misfit piggies arrive. He convinces Chuck and Bomb to join him in his hunt to find out why Leonard has shown up on Bird Island.
Angry Birds is a witty movie catering to both parent and child. There are tons of laughs throughout for the adults which also have the kids laughing at the same time, so you do not have that awkward “what’s so funny?” question from the little ones.
The only thing I dislike is, in this time of anti-bullying campaigns, one would think by the end of the movie it would have been addressed…but it wasn’t.
Fanatics of the Angry Birds app will love how the movie incorporates Slingshot Stella and Bad Piggies into the attack scenes. You certainly will leave the theater saying “oh my gawdddd”.
I give The Angry Birds Movie 4 hatchlings 🐣🐣🐣🐣 out of 5.