Based on the best selling app, The Angry Birds Movie follows the story of Red (Jason Sudeikis), an angry and friendless bird who, after a mishap at his job, is sent to anger management class, led by a bird named Matilda (Maya Rudolph). Also in his class is Chuck (Josh Gad), a super fast bird, Bomb (Danny McBride), a bird who blows up when they're angry, and Terence (Sean Penn), a massive bird who does nothing but grunt. Soon, a boat full of pigs arrives on their island, led by Leonard (Bill Hader), and these pigs have the whole town swooning, the town letting them do just about anything they want. Red, however, sees past what they're doing, teaming up with Chuck and Bomb to stop their evil plans since nobody else realises what's going on.
The characters are so distinctly different, their abilities crystal clear, and this allows for the film to go in all different directions, bringing with it a lot of fresh and original humour. While the initial two trailers advertised this film as having a lot of kid-friendly seen-it-before humour, the film itself is far from it. Most of the great kids movies have thematic elements or moments of humour that will appeal to older audiences as well, and to my surprise, there's plenty of jokes in this film that had me in hysterics. These characters just bounce around with each, and their individual dynamics make for constant entertainment.
The Angry Birds Movie is a big leap forward for video game movies, and the animation and soundtrack were as great as ever. It's not thematically deep like a Disney or Pixar movie and not every single joke works, but the stuff that works worked really well, and it does end up being a family friendly movie that's certainly worth taking the family to. There's so much about this film that surprised me, and it still had me laughing just thinking about it hours after watching it. 2016 is the start of a new era for video game movies. Soon, video game movies won't be seen as a joke. They'll be seen as quality cinema.