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Blu-ray Review: The Angry Birds Movie

August 16, 2016

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

The Angry Birds Movie Blu-rayAdapting the popular game to the screen, The Angry Birds Movie centres on Red (Jason Sudeikas), an ornery avian who lives on an island where everyone is supposed to be happy, and is sentenced to anger management classes after having a tantrum.  There, Red meets the hyperactive Chuck (Josh Gad) and the explosive Bomb (Danny McBride), who also have trouble controlling themselves.

When a ship filled with green pigs shows up, led by the bearded Leonard (Bill Hader), many of the birds naively welcome the visitors, but Red is instantly suspicious of the brash new arrivals.  When the swines start stealing their precious eggs, Red and his fellow “angry birds” are the only ones who can save the island.

Considering The Angry Birds Movie is based on a mobile game that reached its peak popularity several years ago, the film actually does a surprisingly good job of providing a backstory for the iconic Red, and giving him a reason for his righteous anger that stems from being bullied over his eyebrows.  Although the plot itself is a bit thin, the film offers more than enough amusing moments, and an incredibly appealing protagonist in Red, to make it an entertaining diversion, chock full of colourful visuals and slapstick humour.  This is a slight but fun animated film, that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

The Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, several featurettes with the cast and crew, an option to watch the film with an isolated score, a music video for Blake Shelton’s “Friends,” and more.  The package also boasts having four Hatchlings Shorts, three of which are previously released advertising videos centred around various holidays, and the brand new The Early Hatchling Gets the Worm, a brief short about the friendship between a baby bird and a disturbingly phallic worm that feels kinda misguided.

The Angry Birds Movie is a Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release.  It’s 97 minutes and rated PG.

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