“The Angry Birds Movie” shows what happens when you try to give a mobile game some backstory. While the voice casting is strong and the film carries itself strong enough, it’s still extending a 5 minute gaming break into a feature. Why do I care that a bird has anger issues and needs to learn how to stop invading forces? He makes friends and then they defend their poorly defined society? This was the kind of stuff that 80s cartoon pilots got away with, not feature films.

While the film did OK, I’m still annoyed that the power of licensing can get films like this released. I’m not going to be one of those types that bemoans the death of original intellectual property. But, one has to wonder why we’re not taking more chances on original material than mining the bottoms of the barrel like this. There was a time when Hollywood let entertainment stay in the venues where it belonged. But, I guess they say the dollars signs of converting little kids’ clothes at Wal-Mart into summer movie fare. Consider this just one more entry in the Summer Bust of 2016.


  • 1 hr and 37 mins
  • PG
  • SONY


  • 38%
    Film Score - 38%

The Plot Thus Far

Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to figure out what the pigs are up to.

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