THE PLOT THUS FAR
Jack is an ordinary sparrow that wants to become extraordinary. He enlists some friends and nothing really happens. So, woo-hoo…I guess?
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Birds of Paradise” is what Jon Lovitz seems to be doing when Adam Sandler can’t give him cameo roles. The film is so non-descript that it could come from any other studio trying to limp to the barn during the off season. But, it’s primed as a B and C list celeb voiced treat for the Wal-Mart crowd in time for the Easter holiday. In that sense, it’s not so much a piece of entertainment as it is marketing synergy. But, let’s try not to be so negative.
I don’t get the new obsession with animated birds. If you look back and study Western animation, there’s always some stock bird character floating around and either playing the prankster or the innocent. By now, I have thought to much about this film. There are issues of identity, being true to oneself and finding love in a crazy world. But, it’s handled with the pomp that comes from an overwrought teen melodrama. Luckily, you’ve got Lovitz and Ken Jeong in the background making the typical jokes. It’s not much, but it’ll keep you from gouging your eyes out. That is if you’re inclined to gouge your eyes out while watching kiddie entertainment. I don’t feel that way, but I’m just putting that out there for people who love jamming sharp objects into their peepers.
The DVD comes with a Digital HD copy, featurette, Minuscule Bonus Episodes and a trailer gallery. The transfer is pretty flat for standard definition. The Dolby 5.1 track seems a little too boombastic. All channels get a workout, but there’s very little separation. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to parents of young kids.
RELEASE DATE: 11/04/2014