THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE
A feature film based on a mobile app must count as a world first. (Mind you, we live in an era when even an internet meme like Grumpy Cat can get its own film). As such, the film has to work with the rather limited premise of the game ie there is no more to it than catapulting birds across the landscape to eliminate egg-stealing pigs. To its credit, the film fleshes out the premise and gives the characters identities and stories. The pigs are given motivation (such as it is). Of course, Red is no longer quite the angry bird he appears in the game less like a cartoon figure with steam coming out of his ears than the cliche standard of the cuddly misanthrope who sneers bah humbug to all those around him but gradually thaws and earns the acceptance of the community by the end of the film.
I didnt particular hate Angry Birds (or The Angry Birds Movie according to the end credits and promotion); it feels like the equivalent of switching your brain off and spending an hour-and-a-half watching cartoons for the single digit age group. (At which you cannot help but think that The Angry Birds Movie seems to be aiming for the wrong demographic in that the majority of cellphone users are adults, surely its pitch as a film for children seems to be to the largest non-cellphone using demographic there is). There are all the usual pieces of 3D eye candy slapstick; all the usual pop culture gags and references even an odd one referencing The Shining (1980), which again surely seems evidence of a mixed-up aiming for demographics but nothing beyond the instantly forgettable.
One plus is the voice casting. Jason Sudeikis makes the misanthropic Red a reasonably engaging and longsuffering as opposed to unlikeable character. The others all work well, while Peter Dinklage stands out with basso gravitas as The Mighty Eagle. The most bizarre of these is Hollywood A-lister Sean Penn who voices the role of the large and taciturn Terence a role that actually has no dialogue, just hummings and grunts.