When Rovio, the company, was launched in Finland in December 2009, the first app released was Angry Birds and during six and a half years of its existence it has truly become a cultural icon. Now it is 2016 and the birds and pigs have made their way to Hollywood.
“I’ve played Angry Birds since it came out,” said senior Keaton Shinn. “One of my relatives actually works for Rovio.”
The movie centers around Red, played by Jason Sudeikis, who is sentenced to anger management class run by Matilda, played by Maya Rudolph, and accompanied by three classmates: Chuck, played by Josh Gad, Bomb, played by Danny McBride, and Terrence, played by Sean Penn. Fun fact: if Hal and Bubbles sound familiar, that’s because they are voiced by YouTube stars SMOSH, and Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox. The two also starred in the live action movie The SMOSH Movie. For all those Angry Birds Stella fans out there, if you pay close attention, you can see Stella and her friend Willow, Poppy, Luca, and Danila in one scene of the movie.
The Angry Birds Movie focuses around a world where there are talking birds and pigs, as seen in the Angry Birds game. One day the whole island where the birds live, is visited by mysterious and weird green pigs. Captained by Leonard, played by Bill Hader, the pigs want to be friends with the birds and even introduce new items to them, such as trampolines and slingshots. Now it’s up to Red, Chuck, and Bomb to find out what the pigs are up to because something seems fishy about the pigs.
So far the movie has managed to gross over 150 million dollars at the box office. Yet, despite its success and stacked lineup of voice actors, the movie wasn’t received politely. It scored a 43% on Rotten Tomatoes, and many movie critics did not like it. Of course, the marketing campaign made sure they had all eyes on the movie with a lot of products on shelves to try and bring in extra revenue.
If you have not seen the movie yet, lock and load yourself in a slingshot and launch yourself to the Angry Birds Movie showing in a theatre near you.