The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie

(2016)

Sony Pictures Animation brings the mobile game phenomenon to the big screen with this family film, featuring the voices of Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Josh Gad (Frozen) and Danny McBride (This is the End).... More

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Gad), and the volatile Bomb (McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it falls to these outcasts to figure out what the intruders are up to.Hide

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I asked my kid why Angry Birds are so angry. His reply? “Duh! They’re Angry Birds”. Sony Animation’s big screen version of the money-printing mobile game hit is cool with that logic. Set on an island of flightless birds invaded by green piggies, it falls to three furious heroes to save the day: the easily enraged Red, (Jason Sudeikis), speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the (literally) explosive Bomb (Danny McBride). Forget plot, because if it’s toilet humour and gooey slapstick the kids want to see, that’s what they get - by the bucket-load.... More

Bursting with the same manic, scatological humour as the SpongeBob and Minions movies, what it lacks in sophistication or subtlety, Angry Birds hides behind super-sonically-paced silliness, booming pop rock and stuff, um, egg-sploding. The funniest wee scene (pun intended) goes to Peter Dinklage as an eagle, whilst the “really, that was Sean Penn?” award goes to anyone guessing which character he voiced.

Some adult gags sit uneasily, but whilst it feels out of place when Red mutters the likes of “Pluck my life”, he makes up for it with: “Something isn’t kosher with these pigs.” There’re some fun background gags too, including an advert on Piggy Island for ‘Calvin Swine’ underwear, a poster for Kevin Bacon in Hamlet, and a Shining reference featuring twin piglets.

Undeniably dumb, but foolish fun for little ones, The Angry Birds Movie pretty much meets egg-spectations of an absurd bird game plucked from an app and served up on the big screenHide


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  • The animation punches well above its weight with properly Looney Tunes-standard sight gags, polished, highly expressive character design... Full Review

  • A fast, fizzy and frenetically entertaining extension of the manic gaming franchise. Full Review

  • The sheer contrived ridiculousness is part of the fun. But you really do have to know the game. Full Review

  • If you loved the game, you might enjoy watching the script contort itself into ever more zany shapes to incorporate the necessary elements... Full Review

  • Delivers a mildly diverting mix of winky meta-jokes and moral lessons, cannily aimed at both the next generation of tiny consumers and their more sophisticated parents. Full Review

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