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Free Birds. Where to start..
It tells the story of Reggie, a turkey who is pardoned by the President on Thanksgiving and suddenly finds himself at Camp David, eating pizza and watching day time television, generally loving life.
His domestic bliss is shattered when he is kidnapped by Jake, another turkey who has been given a mission by the great turkey to steal a time machine called S.T.E.V.E and to go back in time to before the very first Thanksgiving, to save all the turkeys and thus change the course of history forever. Makes sense right?
Free Birds is a bad film. It’s dumbed down and predictable but more than that is just downright dull.
The first half of the film packs in as many jokes as possible, albeit bad ones and revels in it’s own absurdities and stupidity.
So okay, I thought this is going to be a trippy, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs type silly film but no, halfway through the film it’s as if the writers suddenly wimp out and decide to throw in some “character development” and “sad bits” which completely fall flat due to the films abysmal first half.
By the films ending, I honestly felt more bored than I think I’ve felt in any film this year and I wouldn’t be surprised if even children feel the same.
The animation is lack luster and the 3-d is non existent so if you are going to see this at least save yourself a couple of quid and go see it in 2-d.
The voice talents of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and personal favourite, George Takei are fine and they all do the best with what they are given, which isn’t a lot.
Free Birds is confused, stupid and devoid of any real heart or jokes for that matter. I laughed maybe once through the entire film and that’s about the best thing I can say about it. Your kids may enjoy it but you certainly won’t. Avoid at all costs.