Storks (2016)

Reviewed
Fri. 6/23/17
Storks (2016)
3.5833333333333
Acting
4.5
4.5/5
Morality
4
4/5
Music
4
4/5
Story
3
3/5
Visuals
3.5
3.5/5
Kernel Factor
2.5
2.5/5
These Storks started dropping out of the sky as the film came to an end
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
Theater
Viewing Crew:
Family
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Kids/Family
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

I watched this movie in a park, on a huge screen, surrounded by hundreds of families. It was so fun, and it definitely built up some of the best moments in this film. I laughed so hard at multiple points - Pigeon Toady ("did you catch the game last night?") and several lines delivered by Samberg (Junior) and Crown (Tulip) are worthy of some of the funniest moments I've seen in film. You can tell the actors/actresses had fun with their lines and even adlibbed on probably many occasions. Overall, the acting was some of the best I've seen from an animated film in a very long time. However, the story, which has a very strong logline, does what so many animated movies over the last decade have done - crash. I don't know why Hollywood feels a need to add so much chaos to kids movies. There is no need for it - and even if there is, just remember how subtle and serious animated films of the 90's dealt with problems/challenges. That being said, I do like how this film seemed to honor family and children. I would recommend watching this even though it will take me some time to view it again.

Acting
I thought the voices had a very authentic match to their respective characters - Warner Bros. brought in the funniest people they could. Additionally, I think the actors were very connected to their characters, representing them to some degree. There was definitely intentionality to the acting in this film, and it often shows. Pigeon Toady LOL!
Morality
This movie has a good theme of family/adoption, and it has a good villain in the evil money-hungry boss. The movie becomes chaotic, but the theme of family is strong.
Music
It's a fun track - they probably could have done more here, but it was good.
Story
In some ways, this movie has an ingenious plot. Storks deliver babies, but then that business becomes too much of a liability, and so they get into the package delivery business. Lots of twists and turns in between, but that was a very solid plot from my perspective. The issue was that the movie starts unraveling the more you get into it. It's such a strong start, but slowly and then quickly falls apart and becomes very predictable.
Visuals
It doesn't have the Pixar-feel to it, if that's what you like (who doesn't), and it feels just a little less perfected than other films. Not my particular style of animation, but it's still good. Had a very "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" look/feel - not my favorite. 
Kernel Factor
I laughed my head off several times in this film, which was much needed. However, some of the elements in this movie were overdone and/or very animated-stereotype-feeling: the huge chaos leading to a somewhat peaceful ending, the ridiculous evil characters who become wimps/die/change by the end, and the cutest animal they could make to help you feel like this movie was better than it is were all stereotypical components of this film.

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