Review: The Angry Birds Movie, C
Rated PG, 98 minutes
The hyper-silly new animated comedy "The Angry Birds Movie" is based on the app and video game of the same name, an addicting game that's likely to be more satisfying than this busy, bland effort, which is overstuffed with way too many characters and way too much energy and lacking in substance. Flightless birds lead a mostly happy existence, except for Red (Jason Sudeikis), who just can't get past the daily annoyances of life. His temperament leads him to anger management class, where he meets fellow misfits Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb. Red becomes even more agitated when his feathered brethren welcome green pigs led by Leonard (Bill Hader, the funniest here) to their island paradise. As the swine begin to get under his skin, Red joins forces with Chuck and Bomb to investigate the real reason behind their mysterious arrival. "The Angry Birds Movie," written by "The Simpsons" writer Jon Vitti and directed by Disney animators Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, is filled with a hyper appeal that should appeal most to young kids, who'll bounce along from one scene to another without realizing what's being said or done. Speaking of which, Vitti has filled the movie with a few spirited moments, thanks to "Saturday Night Live's" Hader, who seems to have tremendous fun as the villainous green pig, though what is baffling is the amount of adult humor and double entendre's that will, pun intended, fly over the heads of the young ones watching the movie. It's also filled with an excessive, dizzying amount of characters to keep track of (Keegan Michael-Key and Josh Gad also have some memorable moments), and other unexplainable things: as to why these birds are flightless to begin with, why Sudeikis' lead character Red is so angry (more bitter and lonely than angry, I'd say, though) and why so many of the other birds are so happy. One nice touch: that's Oscar-winner Sean Penn grunting as an extremely large and somewhat unhappy red bird named Terence. The finale of "The Angry Birds Movie" is unsurprising and will remind you a little of the game it's based on, helping you to also realize the game is probably a more worthwhile experience than the movie.