Movie Review: “The Angry Birds Movie”

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It seems that this year is a popular one for video game adaptations. The mediocre “Ratchet and Clank” came out last month and the “Warcraft” movie will be coming out next month. “The Angry Birds Movie” is the current video game adaptation that is out in theaters now.

The strongest aspect of “The Angry Birds Movie” is its animation. There was a lot of effort put into both scenery and character designs. The humor in this movie is rather hit and miss. Most of the jokes are either bird puns or pop culture references. “Angry Birds” might elicit a few chuckles but it isn’t laugh-out-loud funny. Although the movie does have a plot, “Angry Birds” brings nothing new to the table. I am of the opinion that you can make a good movie out of any source if there’s a lot of effort put into it. For example, everybody (including myself) thought that “The Lego Movie” was going to be a huge mess. Thankfully, it turned out to be one of the best movies of 2014.  However, it seems that the screenwriter of this movie tried to put together a script for this movie by scraping at the bottom for material.  Most of the cast does a fine job with the voices even though there aren’t any stand-outs. The same goes for the characters of the movie.

Although harmless, “The Angry Birds Movies” is your generic post-Shrek animated movie. Despite this, it’s slightly better than the “Ratchet and Clank” movie. Just slightly.

SCORE: 2.5/5

Movie Review: “Ratchet & Clank”

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Based on the popular video game series of the same name, the film follows how a lowly mechanic Ratchet teams up with a warbot defect named Clank. Basically, it’s a re-imagining of the first game in the series.

While the budget isn’t as big as its competition (e.g. Pixar and Dreamworks Animation), the animation quality was rather run-of-the-mill and unimpressive. It felt like a straight-to-DVD movie rather than a theatrical release. This is strange considering the fact that the animation studio, Rainmaker Entertainment, is responsible for “ReBoot”. The movie has the pacing of a kid on a sugar high. It’s a film that lacks focus.

Writing-wise, the movie thinks it’s smarter than it actually is. Much of the humor is pretty much your typical post-Shrek animated movie complete with pop culture references. Aside from a couple of in-jokes and a clever Wilhelm scream reference, the jokes in this movie mainly fall flat on its face. The characters felt one-dimensional and the dialogue felt routine.

Surprisingly, this film actually has some good actors such as Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, and Rosario Dawson amongst others. Although the overall cast did a decent job, the movie doesn’t know what to do with the talent it has.

While it is one of the better video game adaptations out there, this movie felt like a straight-to-DVD movie. There are much better animated movies out this year such as “Zootopia” and “The Boy and the Beast”. If you’re a “Ratchet & Clank” fan, stick to the games instead.

SCORE: 2/5