Free Birds (2013)
Critic Consensus: Technically proficient yet creatively moribund, Free Birds begs unfortunate comparisons with the dim-witted fowl that inspired it.
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|Rating:||PG (for some action/peril and rude humor)|
|Genre:||Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Jimmy Hayward|
|Written By:||John J. Strauss, David I. Stern, Jimmy Hayward, Scott Mosier|
|In Theaters:||Nov 1, 2013 Wide|
|On DVD:||Feb 4, 2014|
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Critic Reviews for Free Birds
Free Birds is not (sorry) a turkey of a film. But it doesn't really soar terribly high either.
Any given scene from Free Birds seems more like a YouTube parody of stupid children's films than a piece of something that real human beings put together with honest artistic intent.
These birds are good to look at, and you can easily get caught up in the characters. But the situation is a bit too much to swallow . . . even for Thanksgiving.
This family-friendly animation gets off to an amusing start but soon flies off into la-la land.
The muddled story and lacklustre animation makes this a film that's strictly for the birds.
Audience Reviews for Free Birds
It's understandable that pretty much everyone absolutely hated this film, the main reasons being: its premise is laughably horrible, it isn't politically correct, and many find it humorless. I understand these points, and many of them are valid, but I think some credit is due to this holiday film. Though a lot of this is slipshod, there were a lot of great jokes. The humor in this is really great, blending jokes for both adults and children alike. It's really precocious in its handling of the material and made me laugh a good many times. Between those jokes, however, are really offensive depictions of Thanksgiving era turkeys as Native Americans, complete with feathers behind their heads and war paint on their faces. The premise, well executed in most of the film, still leaves some giant plot holes and a whole lot of unneeded absurdity. The worst of this is evidenced by the fact that the Pilgrims are presented as villains who blame the turkeys for their many misfortunes. The turkeys are actually to blame, since this is a kid's movie, but how do the humans know this? It's great for kids, because it's at least funny, but it's not intelligently presented.
A mediocre, run-of-the-mill animation destined to be rapidly forgotten by everyone, not only for being mostly unfunny and full of clichés but also because it holds few to no surprises, making sure that every joke is explained and leaving almost nothing to our imagination.
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