Monday, November 11, 2013

Movie review: "Free Birds"

It has been sort of "slow" in the kid movie department since the summer ended, so we were destined to watch "Free Birds" since it's one of the few family friendly movies out right now!
This movie is also very fitting for this holiday season...with Thanksgiving approaching and all...
Let's start by saying that the voice overs are pretty awesome.. there's just something about Owen Wilson's voice that always gets me.. to me, he's one of the funniest guys out there, so a character with his voice is a win-win on my book....
Now.. let's get to the story..."Free Birds" is about some funny turkeys traveling through time with the sole purpose of getting turkey off the Thanksgiving menu, hence the whole "let's save the turkeys" theme...One of the turkeys (Reggie- voiced by Owen Wilson) happens to be the "pardon" turkey, who is living the life in the White House after being saved by the first child and is recruited by Jake (Woody Harrelson) to travel back to 1621 and save all the turkeys!  It is a fun and creative concept, but I think the execution is less than perfect...
The movie is very slow and even a bit complicated for young children; the story gets lost in how complex it becomes and some of the characters fall flat.  While the dialogues are pretty funny and the sarcastic references (intended for adults) did get a chuckle out of me, I don't think the movie is all that great!
I think the story was repetitive and lacking innovation; it was also missing music and action... they could have made so much more with this concept...but oh well!
I give this one 2.5 out of 5 stars... maybe wait for the DVD? 

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