Movie Review – The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie -2016 (3)On a tropical island inhabited only by flightless birds, Red (Jason Sudeikis) stands out in more ways than one. The entire island lives in relative comfort and perfect harmony. The few malcontents are sentenced to mandatory anger management classes, led by the nauseatingly perky Matilda (Maya Rudolph). While delivering a cake to a chicks birthday party, Red arrives late and can’t control his temper when the recipient refuses to pay for the order, due to Red’s tardiness. The altercation lands Red in anger management class. This is where we meet other characters like Chuck (Josh Gad) a mischievous yellow speedster. Bomb, a round black bird with a short fuse who, when angered physically explodes. Lastly there’s Terence (Sean Penn). Terence is the same type of bird as Red (apparently unrelated), but many times larger and only speaks with a short grunt or a long grunt. No one knows of the horrors committed to land Terence in anger management and it’s probably best that it remains that way. One fateful day the island is visited by its first visitors ever: a ship full of wayward pigs from Piggy Island. The Birds welcome their new friends into the flock, except for the skeptical Red, who questions the omelette loving visitors’ goodwill. 

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Movie Review – Big Hero 6

Through the eyes of Baymax
Through the eyes of Baymax

The 54th film from Walt Disney Animation Studios is Big Hero 6. Loosely based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name; Big Hero 6 should be another win for the House of Mouse. Following the very successful blueprint perfectly; Big Hero 6 has colorful, enjoyable heroes and a mysterious villain, cloaked in black. Then there’s Baymax. A robotic nurse that’s built to treat every ailment, Baymax has the prowess of Clara Barton, though it looks like the Michelin Man. 

Set in the fictional town of San Fransokyo, a town that I wish were real, Hiro Hamata is a child prodigy that spends his evenings competing in underground robot fighting matches for money. Swindling local thugs while avoiding the police is an easy way to make a buck for Hiro, much better than his brother Tadashi’s “Nerd School”, the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. In an impromptu visit to the “Nerd School” Hiro is floored by the innovations flowing through the lab. This is where we meet Baymax, Tadashi’s pet project; a robotic nurse that can detect and treat common ailments with a simple scan. Lovable, huggable and damned squishy, Baymax’s deadpan delivery is stern, yet comforting. Just as he is designed. Hiro, now with a new appreciation for higher education, decides to enter a science competition , where the winner gets accepted into S.F.I.T. 

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