Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
John Cohen, Mikael Hed
Jason Sudeikis as Red
Josh Gad as Chuck
Danny McBride as Bomb
Keegan-Michael Key as Judge Peckinpah
Maya Rudolph as Matilda
Kate McKinnon as Stella
Peter Dinklage as Mighty Eagle
If you were to adapt a video game for the big screen, Angry Birds might not have been your first choice.
Despite having a crazy popularity on mobile, there actually isn’t much of a mythos or story in the game to create a worthy script. If you are one of the few people who have never downloaded Angry Birds, it is pretty straightforward: multicolored flightless birds slingshot themselves into the pigs’ fortresses to get their stolen eggs back. The Angry Birds Movie fleshes out that idea even more, telling the story about why these birds became so angry in the first place.
Why so furious?
The film starts on a tropical island, settled with happy bird-creatures. Red, the short-tempered hero, has been sentenced to anger management. There he meets a volatile bomb called, well, Bomb and a speed-demon fowl named Chuck. But then a whole bunch of green pigs arrives and drops anchor on Red’s home. Obviously, it is now up to Red and his buddies to figure out what these strange porkers are up to.
That said, the story is a bit on the sluggish side, even at 95 minutes. You have to get about two thirds into the movie before you reach a real turning point − the pigs finally steal the eggs. Prior to that, there are a number of amusing sequences, such as the birds’ first anger management session, where all of their backstories are revealed.
The highlight of Angry Birds is its final act. True to the original game, three birds hurl themselves into the pigs’ fortresses. Clearly, this part is where the budget went, but it does pay off well. Every bird is given a moment in the spotlight, in a manner that’s visually exciting and funny at the same time.
If there’s a single one thing that The Angry Birds Movie does perfectly, it is the coupling of the characters and their voice counterparts. Jason Sudeikis perfectly delivers Red’s sarcastic one-liners, and Josh Gad churns out a high-energy performance as Chuck. Danny McBride is also up to the task as Bomb, along with other comedians like Keegan-Michael Key (Judge Peckinpah), Maya Rudolph (Matilda), Kate McKinnon (Stella), and Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle).
The Angry Birds Movie delivers a positive message: it’s okay to be angry sometimes, especially if you put this anger to good use. While the film never reaches the level of DreamWorks or Pixar, there is a bit of heart in the story, especially concerning Red. Again, the pace is a tad off, and the jokes are for children, but overall it’s a lot of fun.