Right from the first chirp, the birds hit an annoying
note. The writing is so labored that the humour never takes off.
Red is the angry resident of an essentially happy
island of feathered citizens. But everybody’s had it with Red’s temper. After a
rage episode at a child’s birthday party, the judge orders Anger Management as Red’s
punishment. A series of cliches start at the entrance when a perky welcome bird
is beaten to pulp by an irritated Red. In the class, the anger episodes of the
members are narrated with such dull familiarity that there’s zero hilarity.
One day, when a ship full of deceitful pigs arrives
bearing them gifts, the happy birds welcome them with innocence. Only Red is
angry as he announces, ‘Something’s not kosher about these pigs’. But
everybody’s too happy partying and who listens to cynical Red anyway?
Red sets off to the Lake of Wisdom to find the Mighty
Eagle, the island’s legendary protector, along with Chuck and Bomb who’ve
turned into his chums. En route, there’s a whole sequence on how the Mighty
Eagle will sound with all three coming up with a variety of noises that don’t
even make you smile. Soon, Red’s buddies bathe in the Lake of Wisdom and drink
its water. But when Mighty Eagle makes his entry and empties his mighty bladder,
they discover where the lake’s water comes from. Hope you’re rolling on the
floor at this large reservoir of wisdom and wit.
Turns out, the protector is past his prime. Another
weak attempt to raise a laugh is made when the mighty brag struts and flaunts
the feathers in his cap.
Back home the pigs don’t fly but they do flee with all
the eggs from the island. While bird parents cry and the Mighty Eagle can only
sigh, it’s Red who leads the attack on the pigs. Meanwhile, the pigs are ready
to feast on omelettes with “I love cholesterol” being heard somewhere. By the
way, the pigs are green and the leader even wears a beard. So guess who the bad
men are in this otherwise happy, naive world?
The humour is so forced that there are comments about
Bird Control and stalls announcing Feather Extensions and
Early Bird Worms. Red declares, “Oh, that’s dynamite,” when he goes into a roomful
of explosives and the puns without fun keep flying around. On the piggy side,
it’s Instaham, Calvin Swine and Hamnesty International. Ho ham, really ma’am?
Directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly, the vibrant
colours, the cute animation and a charismatic brand name are the only
come-watch-me points of The Angry Birds
For a supposedly fun film that doesn’t give you much
to take home, The Angry Birds Movie
gets a 2* rating.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Columnist & Author