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Free Birds

on June 3, 2014

Free Birds

Because Netflix recently updated their available movies, I decided to watch Free Birds, the Holiday oriented film about turkeys trying to rewrite the Thanksgiving tradition. Though it inadvertently reminds me of a burrito, I had been interested in the film when it first came out. I wasn’t sure if it would be worth the ticket price, and never made it to the theater. Although I’m glad I didn’t spend the money on this fairly average family film, I still enjoyed parts of the movie.

The plot was mostly given away by previews, and the few twists were fairly predictable. Overall it didn’t have a very compelling story, and the humor was very childish, with many jokes simply repeated several times to make them more ‘funny’ or in this case annoying. There were a few good references to popular culture, such as the turkeys being called Angry Birds. And the visual quality of the film wasn’t bad.

I was also a bit offended at the treatment of the human characters, especially the Plymouth residents. Captain Standish was made into a obsessed villain and Governor Bradford into a selfish glutton who lied, and stole. I think the story would have been a lot more compelling if the villains were less flat and could be related too.

In the end, it was a decent family movie, however not one that needs to be watched more than once.


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