Free Birds is the story of a turkey named Reggie (Owen Wilson). On the day before Thanksgiving he is selected by the president (Jimmy Hayward) to be the pardoned turkey, the turkey that will live with his daughter. Reggie soon meets a frantic turkey named Jake (Woody Harrelson) who has been sent to Reggie to assist him in going back in time to stop thanksgiving before it even begins.
Free Birds, admittedly, got a few laughs from me. The film is not a good movie, but it is not as bad as everyone is making it out to be either. I will get into the various problems I have with it later, but for now I'll start with a positive. Throughout all the juvenile, idiotic and dumb humour there is actually a few laughs to be found. They're rare moments, but they work. The problem with these jokes is that the film then goes on to milk them and make that one funny joke repeat itself at several moments throughout. The joke was funny once, but not on the second, third, forth and in some cases, fifth time.
The film's very over the top. This film is not aimed at me, but instead is aimed at a much much younger audience and there's not a doubt in my mind that they'll love it. They'll love how over the top, goofy and silly the movie is. Parents can put it on and it'll kill an easy hour and a half of their children's lives. But if the parent's are forced to sit down and watch the film then they'll understand the pain I had to go through at many moments. The film can get frustrating to watch as it's just clichéd, dumb, unoriginal and everything is forcefully exaggerated. I love animations, they are literally a work of art, and so I can forgive them from occasionally going into unrealistic and over the top territory, but I can't forgive what Free Birds did.
There are too many things to complain about in the third act. I will try my best to avoid spoilers, but if one slips out would you really care? The third act attempts to resolve everything, but by doing so they start a whole bunch of new problems. The film then tries to wrap all these individual plot lines up, but it's practically impossible to do so. What it does instead is create an absolutely dumb and just downright irritating ending as well as a twist that everybody saw coming.
To sum up, Free Birds has a few laughs, but ends up being one of the weaker animations in recent years. The film milks their few half decent jokes, it's clichéd, over the top, goofy, forcefully exaggerated and has an irritating third act.