I would class 2016 as the middle of the comic book adaption saga that’s been going on over the last decade or so. We have seen so many films, some good, some bad, and some that are just ok. One of the main draws of many of the comic book films is that they are set within an expanded cinematic universe. Although, just because it is going to be entered into such a shared universe contributing to an overarching story that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be any good whatsoever. Many people have criticised both the monopoly like structure Marvel (and DC) have on the market, while also many directors have voiced concern about changes I feel, that something is looming on the horizon of cinema, the next craze, which doesn’t necessarily contribute to this wider, meta overarching storyline, that of the video game adapted film.
While it is important to say that many films have been adapted from games in the past, with three video game releases slated for release by the end of the year, most notably Assassin’s Creed, it seems as though we are on the verge of video-game cinema. Before I continue more I want to state that this is in no way a bad thing, there are trends in hollywood all the time, with some being longer lived than others, however, with the wider net that video games have than comics in terms of story it seems as though there will be an even bigger appeal. I’ll go into this point in another more in-depth post in the future but I think I best stop procrastinating and get on with this review…. of Angry Birds.
Angry Birds will be released, at least in the US on the 20th of May. I originally went to see it just because… just because… I had no inclination to see it, I just didn’t want to; using the argument that it’s children’s film isn’t a good enough excuse as case and point Jungle Book or Toy Story, but that it’s a video game adaption of a mobile game… they don’t really have the best storylines. If you are unaware Angry Birds was originally an iOS game developed released in 2009 by Rovio . Since then it has become one of the most lucrative and widely downloaded apps on mobiles, with many spinoffs. This isn’t the first time that Angry Birds has been adapted. In 2013 Angry Birds Toons has been a programme on television and due to its reception the movie was put for development.
Angry Birds is about different coloured birds who have their eggs stolen by green pigs. Basic mechanics see people shoot the birds from a slingshot into mini buildings constructed by the pigs. To clear a level you have to destroy the pigs.
I must say that not having high expectations really does pay off. I actually enjoyed the movie; in as much as I didn’t take it seriously at all, it’s not going to win any oscars but its still a fun little film nonetheless. As with the Jungle Book I reviewed a few days ago it has a great voice cast. 2016 has seen many of the big releases set some standard in animation and CGI, it does well to create a fun for the audience to be absorbed into, matching real life textures with fun, cartoonish animation which works in its favour. It also does well to appeal to both children and those who’ve played the game. All the main characters from the game make an appearance and so do their special abilities in one form or another. Overall, the film is good fun and doesn’t try to be more than it is and I believe it does the game justice, not trying to appeal overly to children or adults but seems to have found a good mix. If you go into the film not expecting to be blown away by the story or with the realisation that “it is what it is” you’ll have fun. If you want a dark, gritty video game adaptation then you’re going to have to wait for Assassin’s Creed released in December this year.