Photo Credit: The Verge
How do you make a movie out of a video game? It still seems no one has been able to figure it out.
According to Rotten Tomatoes The Angry Birds Movie, released in theaters Friday, is the best-reviewed video game film adaptation of all time — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good.
The site explains, “The bad news is that it’s still Rotten on the Tomatometer,” and while it has “a colorful look and a few decent gags, it wastes a stellar voice cast on a script filled with lowbrow humor and mixed messages.”
Screenwriter Jon Vitti and first-time animation directors Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly did make a solid attempt at creating a successful movie based on a video game, giving that well-known main red bird anger issues, sending him to anger management and then sending in the green pigs to catalyze a crisis that could only be solved by, of course, the angry bird.
Unfortunately, the critic consensus is that the effort failed. In fact, it left some downright angry, if you will.
The New York Times’ Glen Kenny calls it a “superficially amiable ball of fluff,” summing it up as a “DreamWorks-inflected, pop-culture ‘savvy,’ far-side-of-smarm (not too) smart-aleckness, replete with bodily function jokes.” Glen added, “The kids of today deserve better. So do I, come to think of it.”
This, after the film broke a record internationally for a May opening of an original animated movie. It seems this isn’t an indicator of the quality of the film, however.
High-Def Digest’s Philip Brown didn’t mince words: “This is paint-by-numbers storytelling in a way that’s insulting to paint-by-numbers preschool books.”
“It’s so lazily and cynically produced that it doesn’t even deserve the appreciation of viewers who can be easily impressed by bright colors flashing across a screen. It’s embarrassing that this thing exists and frequently humiliating to watch it. Worst of all, Angry Birds isn’t even really that popular anymore, so it’s tough to say who this movie is even for. Hopefully no one.”
Ouch. But perhaps even worse is its inability to evoke a reaction from audiences. As critic Nicolás Ruiz noted, “Seeing an animated film in a theatre full of children and never hear[ing] them [laugh] is an indicator that something’s wrong.”