The Angry Birds Movie takes the birds we had so much fun shooting into the rocks and humanizing them. Or birdinizing them, which sounds like we're setting a curse on them. Anyway, our anti-hero is named Red, a bird with heavyweight eyebrows with an ugly marshmallow house who lives by the beach and has what every other bird of their small island sees as a disease: anger. Not a very good role model if your job is to be a birthday party role model and clown. But Red hasn't had the most building of a childhood. Personally, I found him enjoyably similar to Shrek, someone who takes the fun out of everything and when he tries not to, everyone throws it back at him. Anyway, then a ship arrives with these green creatures who call themselves "pigs", with a leader named Leonard, who have arrived to make friends with the flightless birds by showing them contraptions. Red is the only suspicious one, as they didn't dock their ship very well.
Now, like I said, the movie kick-starts pretty much perfectly, playing a familiar and fitting song as we root for the unlucky, cynical and hilarious Red played by Jason Sudeikis, who hasn't starred in anything recently I've taken many likings to. Chuck and Bomb are also brilliant side characters that create a diverse yet brotherly group with Red. I especially loved the scenes with Chuck being juvenile and pickpocketing a speeding ticket cop and throwing a party without his noticing...as he's still writing the ticket! And the expressions the angry birds put up are spot-on, giving them a similar charm of looking and staring at them that The Smurfs movies had, also made by Sony. The pigs, not quite as much, and it's when the movie resorts to the pigs that things start to falter. From my limited experience of playing the game, I know the Angry Birds pigs look like this and they are kind of cute, water-bed butts and all, but like Red, something about them just felt...off. It was about twenty minutes of them onscreen later when I realized for me it was because they are kind of distracting from the relatibility message the filmmakers are trying to convey through Red and his inability to relate and conform. It also isn't quite as bouncy or has much to do with the fun of playing the app, so when we do get a chance to see the birds shine, it's fun but feels a little bit late to the show. And it is when Peter Dinklage's character comes in that the movie pisses on itself. I'm sorry, but it shot itself in the foot without realizing it, trying to convey a second message, but I've seen so many other animated movies like Robots and Shrek the Third that do it so much better and a little less straightforward. And after that joke came up, another one came up that was a bit rude but was actually very funny and then started the movie back up. However, the earlier joke just prevented me from really laughing. I don't usually let one scene ruin a movie for me, but the wrong joke just kept going too long in this one. A similar scene was in The Smurfs, a movie I gave a B+ to, but the only difference was we accepted the person doing this was an idiot (in the film, not the filmmakers) and the fact is passable.
Then after I finished the movie, I thought to myself if the last second half was any good at all, and I looked back on it. And you know what? If that earlier joke didn't happen, I think I would've given this a positive grade. And despite missing the mark on a joke about purple flames coming out of your derriere, the climax was pretty nice. I would recommend this movie to people who love colourful animation and can get by some raunchy humour. And I might rewatch the first twenty minutes of this film. Just, the rest of the movie didn't quite work out for me.