Who would have thought the day would come when a film would be based on a App? But hey, why not? It has been done with video games, board games, and now a mobile device app games. There already is a large marketing for the Angry Birds merchandise out there, it’s like Minions—people love them. Initially I was skeptical, I’ve never even played the game to be completely honest but I related to the main character Red, far too much for an animated kids film. Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is a grumpy outcast in his island, understandably, due to odds being stacked against him. He gets grouped with a few other grumpy outcasts due to a court ordered anger management class. Their island suddenly gets colonized by green pigs, Red immediately begins to question their motives. And YES, you read correctly, colonizing pigs! They even had a sort of “Thanksgivings” type of celebration welcoming the “explorers.” And much like colonizers they even introduced weapons to the “new world”.
For a children’s animated film this movie explores some deep themes like colonization—yet, the film was not depressing despite the underlying subject. I smiled throughout the whole film from how often I laughed. The film has a great voice casted actors such as Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Sean Penn, Hannibal Buress, Keegan-Michael Key, and so many more. The makers of The Angry Birds Movie (2016) even paid homage to Kubrick with a cute reference. This is definitely a movie I would love to take my kid to and also enjoy it with them.