STORKS

★★

Starring Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston, Ty Burrell, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Danny Trejo
Directed by Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland
2016 / 87 Minutes / Warner Bros.

Storks is a clever and original idea that really missed all the opportunity it had. Instead it’s fluff in a year of some amazing animated films that it doesn’t even come close to. It’s animated movies like this that really annoy me. It’s all over the map filled with chaos and flashy colours that it’s hard to watch. It’s not until the final 10 minutes that the movie grows a heart and becomes somewhat interesting. Where was this an hour earlier? After years of brilliantly written animated films I thought we were passed this kind of junk.

Storks didn’t need to be like this. The premise is quite clever and imaginative, but its so loud and in your face it’s extremely annoying. The cast is filled to the brim of really obnoxious characters. Tulip being one of the most irritating animated characters I’ve seen in a long time. I get that she’s supposed to be, but less is more. Maybe she would have worked if there were some legit laughs in this.

The writers are trying way too hard to make the audience laugh, but kids are smarter than this now and deserve better. Fast action and pretty colours won’t just do anymore. Wasted opportunity and time.

Grade D+

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