Review: ‘Angry Birds’ migration to screen only for kids

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

“The Angry Birds Movie” is a movie based on a mobile gaming app without any real storyline — and it feels like it.

In “Angry Birds,” players use slingshots to hurl birds at objects to try to knock them down. That’s about it. It’s fun and addictive, a mindless way to pass the time if your flight is delayed or if you’re on a long car trip.

What it’s not is prime material on which to base a screenplay. Say what you will about the “Transformers” movies, which are uniformly awful, but at least they were based on cartoons that had storylines and characters. “The Angry Birds Movie” is so stretched for source material it makes the “Battleship” movie look like an adaptation of a William Shakespeare play.

In the movie, Jason Sudeikis voices Red, the Angry Bird with the thick, furrowed brows. There’s some backstory about him going to anger management classes to curb his short fuse and general bad attitude (“pluck my life,” he utters, in a typically witless attempt at humor), but soon he’s called on to save his village when it’s taken over by a gang of pigs led by Leonard (Bill Hader).

The film is crisp and colorful enough to entertain the kindergarten set, which is probably the most one could hope from “The Angry Birds Movie.” For everyone else, the gluten joke, the references to Daft Punk and “The Shining” and nods to modern culture might warrant a smirk at best.

When the birds finally start flying through the air and knocking stuff over, it’s the closest the movie comes to replicating the game experience. Sadly, it’s also a reminder that the game is way more fun than the movie.

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‘The Angry Birds Movie’


Rated PG for rude humor and action

Running time: 97 minutes