Monday, August 22, 2016

The Angry Birds Movie - Not Just for Kids

Okay grandparents – If you don’t know anything about Angry Birds now it is time you learn.  I was not a fan and the name did not sound inviting to me.  I did know that it was a very popular franchise but I didn’t know that it was the most downloaded app of all time with nearly 3.5 Billion downloads. The Angry Birds Movie was in theaters in the Spring and the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack have just been released. I had the opportunity to do a review so here it is. 

My grandson is 7 years old and so I knew that something called Angry Birds is very popular.  He has the app and t-shirts and he really wanted to see the movie.  I thought I might watch the movie with him and then I had the chance to see it with a larger audience.  We brought the movie with us when we were away for the weekend and I got to see it with an audience of 5 kids (ages 3 – 11) and 3 adults on a large screen.  The popcorn and juice boxes made it seem even more like we were at the Movies.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the movie:  It is about an island of naively happy birds that can’t fly.  A few of them get in trouble and find themselves in anger management class (hilarious scene).  When pigs arrive on a big ship and seemingly just want to be friends, the “troublemakers” are suspicious.  When the pigs steal all the eggs and bring them back to their own island and want to eat them, the birds turn to the anger management classmates, Red (Jason Sudekis), speedy Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride) to lead them in the charge to get their eggs back.  The trio first makes sure the birds are angry (After all, it is appropriate anger) and then jump into action to rescue the eggs.  And action it is.  This is full scale drama-comedy-adventure involving courage, re-emergence of the mighty eagle, incredible bouts of fighting off the pigs and of course the saving of the eggs from the fierce, well equipped pigs.  The touching ending with the hatched eggs will make everyone smile.

My review copy movie came with these Angry Bird Eyebrows and my grandson enjoyed wearing them almost as much as he enjoyed the movie

This is a movie with lots and lots of action, humor in the background that the adults will enjoy and a good story line that isn’t sticky sweet. There is an all star cast with additional voices by Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage.

It all comes with a bonus content including new featurettes, deleted scenes, a Blake Shelton music video and more.

The DVD and blu-ray combo are available everywhere.  If you grandchild likes Angry Birds consider getting it and view it together.  You’ll enjoy it too.  

Now available at Amazon:

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