Quite how we got to the point in Hollywood where films are made from mobile games of birds being thrown across the screen to obliterate pigs is beyond me. For some reason, this is a film and a concept that I am actually interested in. The reason being is that how on earth could they make some kind of story from a story-less video game? The answer to that is…just make it as random and fun as you can possibly make it and hope for the best. So yes, making Angry Birds into a film is probably one of the biggest gambles yet, critically speaking. Financially speaking, this is a no brainer. The biggest mobile game that has been downloaded by 12 million people shows that it’s popular and there would be a lot of people interested in the movie of the game.
The best way to make this as successful as possible is to get a very good cast behind the characters on screen. I feel like they absolutely hit the nail on the head with the voice cast. Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Maya Rudolph and Sean Penn are all established actors. They all have their talents, especially in comedic films. And to be fair, I have to say that I absolutely enjoyed the movie. No, there isn’t much of a story to it and its just random stuff being thrown together to make it seem like a film with some kind of structure but it does its job which is to entertain the audience and make them laugh.
The Angry Birds Movie isn’t the greatest animation film of all time, and its nowhere near it. It’s doesn’t sit high near the greats of Pixar or even DreamWorks animated pictures. The film doesn’t connect to older audiences like other studios do or even give you that incredible feeling of an adventure. Angry Birds is an incredibly basic animated movie and unfortunately for a lot of people these days, this just won’t suffice. I have to admit, even though I thought it was a barrel of laughs and a bit stupid, it doesn’t have that appeal to watch over and over again unlike some classics like Monsters Inc. or Toy Story. If I have to back it up though, the filmmakers and writers have done extremely well to make a movie out of what was essentially just an idea from a video game.
Insanely random throughout the film, Angry Birds does just enough to keep the audience occupied by the constant animated violence and brief sexual innuendos. It’s hard to see how they could carry this on into a franchise when there is no story to be told. The voice cast are great and to be frank, they are the beating heart of what could have been an incredibly average film. Credit where credit is due, I did thoroughly enjoy myself while munching on my popcorn. 3 out of 5 stars.