Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

Number Rolled: 58
Movie Name/Year: The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
Tagline: Why so angry?
Genre: Family
Length: 97 minutes
Rating: PG
Production Companies: Rovio Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, LStar Capital, Sony Pictures, 
Producer: John Cohen, Mikael Hed, David Maisel, Kimberley Gray Rozner, Catherine Winder, Julie Zackary
Director: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
Writer: John Cohen, Mikael Hed, Mikko Polla, Jon Vitti
Actors: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, Sean Penn, Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Hannibal Buress, Ike Barinholtz, Tituss Burgess, Ian Hecox, Anthony Padilla, Jillian Bell, Billy Eichner, Danielle Brooks, Blake Shelton, Charli XCX, Romeo Santos, Cristela Alonzo, Alex Borstein, Ali Wong
Stunt Doubles: N/A

Speech Available: English
Subtitles Available: English, Spanish

Blurb from Netflix: Sentenced to anger management class, grumpy Red becomes a hero who trains his fellow birds to unleash their inner fury when pigs invade their island.

Selina’s Point of View:
The Angry Birds Movie was pretty much exactly what I expected it to be. It was cute, filled with references, and a little cheesy.

Although I wouldn’t put it in the same class as some of the other animated films we’ve seen recently, like Home (2015) and Minions (2015), I still found it rather enjoyable. There was plenty for the kids to get excited about, but enough references meant for adults that it wouldn’t be overly boring for parents to watch with them.

Sure, most of the laughter it got from me was that minor, half-snicker that occurs when something is amusing but not quite hilarious. Still, the cuteness factor was pretty much through the roof and made up for it.

I’m not going to go into the voice acting because, well, you see the cast list. It’s not necessary to go into it. A bunch of professionals worked on this film.

All-in-all, I’d recommend this movie to families with kids or adults that are fans of the game.

Cat’s Point of View:
In the days before my daughter had her own Kindle (and disappeared into it), I tried so very hard not to get into the whole Angry Birds thing. I’m not exactly sure why (aside from the time vacuum). I’m not really one to talk, though – but that’s beside the point at the moment. While visiting relatives for Thanksgiving a few years ago, someone let the kiddo use their phone to play.

I very soon became acquainted with the furious feathered fliers.

For those that haven’t played (I know there are a few holdouts out there), this movie answers the burning question most have when first encountering this franchise. Why are the birds angry?

The movie is funny and full of all sorts of tidbits that are Easter-egg-like nods to pop culture, the Angry Birds games, and cast trivia. Speaking of the cast, there are some heavy-hitters of Hollywood’s comedian crowd as well as some old-school actors. Watch it and guess which role Sean Penn (Milk, The Tree of Life, Gangster Squad) has – without looking it up on IMDb!

The PG rating doesn’t seem too heavy handed. Very small kids might be disturbed by some of the events in the core plot, but there isn’t a lot of language or anything like that. Overall, I’d say this is a great family night movie!

I would definitely recommend this and would watch it again. This was, after all, my third viewing! We are a family of moviephiles. What can I say?

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 47%

Netflix’s Prediction for Selina – 4/5
Selina’s Trust-the-Dice Score3/5

Netflix’s Prediction for Cat – 4/5
Cat’s Trust-the-Dice Score4/5

P.S. There’s some stuff during the start of the credits – a very Shrek (2001) like dance number – and another scene after that.

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