So we watched Angry Birds last night and I walked away from the movie feeling vaguely confused.
It was exceptionally *INTERESTING*, as movies go. I mean, it has some subtle takeaway lessons for conversations with the kids. The main character (Red), for example, was bullied as a child and grew up to be a friendless jerk. That’s pretty heavy! “Be nice to your schoolmates lest they grow up damaged.”
But that means that the first half hour of the movie is spent with us following around a main character who is fairly unpleasant. Not “Gruff Grump With Heart Of Gold”, unpleasant either, but, like, actually unpleasant. You feel *SORRY* for him, but you never get around to actually liking him. Much of the humor comes from him living in a society that is exceptionally pleasant where everyone is nice to each other and he’s the only guy running around being a jerk to people. Which is one of those kinds of humor where a little goes a long way.
Well, luckily, right when you’re thinking “why did I want to watch this?”, the movie picks up. The pigs show up to this exceptionally pleasant society and this starts a funny chain of events where stuff like The Slingshot is introduced, our main characters go on a quest to find Mighty Eagle, and the eggs get kidnapped by the pigs.
And once *THAT* happens, we get to see a live-action version of that iPhone game you loved so much back in 2009. Birds being thrown via slingshot at the pigs’ village, trying to get into the castle, to unkidnap the eggs.
All in all, I could easily see an 8 year old finding the movie really fun and funny with enjoyable supporting characters, even if the main character is unlikable.
It’s just the grownups also watching the movie who will have their eyes widen and ask “HOW IN THE HECK COULD THIS MOVIE HAVE POSSIBLY BEEN GREENLIT?!?” once they see the various themes regarding immigration, high trust societies, and conflict resolution. I mean, it *AIN’T* a kids’s movie. Even though it presents identically to one.
Rent it, if you’re inclined. But make sure that the kids have already gone to bed.
(And if you’d be fine with merely watching the best scene in the movie, you can just watch this and know that the rest of the movie isn’t as good as this.)
So… what are you reading and/or watching?