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Movie Night – ‘Angry Bird’ delivers no human in movie

By Bradley Griffith

It’s almost never a good idea to base a movie on a game, especially an app for your phone that consists solely of flinging birds at buildings and pigs so they can recapture the bird eggs.  “Angry Birds” a silly but addictive game, and a big disappointment of a movie.

Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is angry.  He’s a bird who doesn’t fit in with all of the other birds on Bird Island.  While everyone else around him is happy and polite, Red is surly and sarcastic.  In a move to avoid all of the happy birds Red moved his house to the beach, away from the village, much to everyone’s delight.

Red gets into trouble when he appears at a birthday party late with a destroyed birthday cake.  As if that wasn’t enough, he then accidentally cracks the other birds’ egg.  The baby bird inside hatches and calls Red daddy for the rest of the movie.  Red is taken to court by the bird couple and he is sentenced to anger management by the judge.

At his anger management class Red meets Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), Matilda (Maya Rudolph), and Terence (Sean Penn).  Chuck is super speedy (think the Flash) and Bomb literally explodes when he gets too stressed.  Whether Red wants to admit it or not, Chuck and Bomb become his best friends.  You see, Red’s biggest problem is that he is lonely

Shortly after Red begins treatment for his anger issues the birds spot a ship on the horizon.  The residents of Bird Island thought that there were no other living beings beyond the sea, so they are happy to welcome the newcomers.  The newcomers to the island turn out to be green pigs.  The pigs claim that they come in peace.  Only Red is suspicious of the pigs and their motives.

When the pigs steal all of the bird eggs from everyone on Bird Island and head back to the open ocean in their ship everyone turns to Red.  They don’t know what to do and hope that Red does since he was the only one who knew the pigs were up to no good.  In order to get their eggs back, the residents of Bird Island must become angry birds.

If the plot of the movie sounds ridiculous to you, that because it is.  The writers of the movie didn’t have much source material to work with from the game, but the resulting movie is laughable (not the good kind of laughable) by any comparison.  There is very little to the plot, if you consider the story of the movie to be any kind of plot at all.

While the worst part of the movie is the lack of a decent story, “Angry Birds” commits the cardinal sin for a family movie: it’s not funny.  It may have a few light-hearted moments that make you smile or maybe chuckle to a small degree.  But there’s nothing funny about an angry red bird trying to convince other birds that green pigs are evil.

The only positive aspects of “Angry Birds” are that it has a good voice cast and that the animation is high quality.  Jason Sudeikis does a good job as Red and other cast members, such as Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, and Peter Dinklage, also perform well.  The top voice actor of the movie easily goes to Josh Gad for his work as Chuck.  If any moments of the film are considered funny, it’s because of Josh Gad.

In the end, “Angry Birds” is unable to overcome a ludicrous plot and the fact that it’s a comedy that includes no actual comedy.  If anyone in the family enjoys this movie, it will be young kids.  “Angry Birds” is now available for rental, if you’re a glutton for punishment.

Grade: D+

Rated PG for rude humor and action.