Angry Birds

There's a movie coming out on the 20th of May that you should all go to see.

"What? See a (((movie)))?!?! Tory confirmed for a leftist shill!"

Give me a moment to explain. The movie is Angry Birds, a film based on the well-known mobile game that everyone I know but me seems to have played. To give a picture of how succesful the games are, Rovio, the maker of the game could have sold to Zynga for over 2 billion dollars recently. It's not surprising that such a franchise would eventually see an adaption to the Silver Screen.

What is surprising is the content of the film. Brackets are mine.

The film’s protagonist is a bird called Red, and he is – you guessed it – angry. Other birds mock his eyebrows. He can’t impress the hottest girl birds. [Red sounds like a very principled Autiste.] And he is the only one who thinks the arrival of pigs to his native island is anything other than a multicultural delight. Technically, this suggests Red is an instinctive racist, but my guess is that his suspicions will be vindicated. (Of course, that will make the moral of the story that it’s right to fear and mistrust strangers. Sounds problematic. Someone consult Twitter.)

The rest of the birds aren't so angry--they live on an island guarded by an old bald eagle (who's starting to get old and lazy), and leave a idyllic lifestyle. Unsurprisingly, they have a rather naive view of the world. When a ship full of pigs arrive on the island, everybody welcomes them with open arms, except Red. Red is suspicious of the newcomers, and urges everyone else to be cautious, to consider what they are doing. Rather than listen to him, the other birds mock him and push him away; until something goes wrong.

The pigs steal all the eggs while the birds sleep blissfully, leaving significant destruction in their wake (in one of the trailers the pig's ship is clearly loaded with TNT). The birds are left dazzled, and turn to the one person who has right all along--Hitl....uh....Red. In what sounds like a Doom Paul meme, one of the birds says to Red "you tried to tell us, but we didn't listen".

Red then leads a retaliation to get the eggs back, which would seem to be the driving force behind the film from there on.

The directors of the film were asked on Quora, "What are the Angry Birds angry about and why are they so angry?" Here's their answer:

It wouldn’t be Angry Birds without a huge amount of anger, would it? The Birds as a community actually aren’t angry in the beginning. They are comically naive, having lived their whole lives on Bird Island in peace, protected by the legendary Mighty Eagle, a hero no one has seen for decades. Red doesn’t share the same outlook, based on his own life experiences. He’s more in touch with his darker emotions and a lot more realistic about how life can be unfair.

When the Pigs show up and steal the Birds’ eggs, there’s plenty to be angry about.

It was fun to explore the idea that anger isn’t necessarily a negative emotion. Like Aristotle said, “Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.”

Have I mentioned that the chief pig has a suspiciously Arab-looking beard?

There's a film coming out based on one of the world's most popular mobile games and the message in it is fundamentally Identitarian, and a direct attack on the open borders, multicultural mentality. There's symbolism throughout the film that is probably just wishful thinking...probably. Interpreting it that way is certainly more fun. Regardless of the subliminal messages, the overt messages are fairly non-PC for a movie of this size. It's hard to imagine that the directors of the film are stumbling accidentally into what seems to clearly be an allegory. A naive people who were guarded by a once great eagle are taken advantage of by strange foreigners. Not the type of plot I'd expect in the current year.

Even if the message is accidental it's clearly there, and it's a message people could use right now. If it takes a children's movie to get the idea through people's heads, so be it. Flashy cartoons will be more convincing to most people than reasoned arguments, so I applaud the release of this film.

Every little bit helps, and if you want to take your kids to see a movie in May, make it this one. Bask in the fash that is Angry Birds. I know I will.