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Storks Movie Review (2016) | Adorable Is Written All Over It

Storks movie is high on slapstick humour, chucklesome one-liners and an intelligently thought of oscillating story line. Even though Storks is like a constant roadrunner of a movie, which raises question about its editing, it still manages to rake you in with its primal theme – Baby! Isn’t that a winning idea per se?

THE CONCEPT OF STORKS

Well, this one is an old one actually. The notion “storks deliver babies” finds its roots deep in European folklore. The fanciful imagination of how Storks would listen to crooning new parents thereby tending to their wants, has found new angles every now and then. Not long ago, in the year 2009 we were served a beautiful short called “Partly Cloudy” by Pixar which had briefly yet amiably touched that very area. Now, with Warner Bros. Animation bringing back the idea to a fully-fledged version in the form of a movie, the concept literally brims alive.

PLOT OF THE STORKS MOVIE (SPOILERS FLYING WITH BABIES)

Storks have put an end to their baby delivering business. Cornerstone, their company has now moved on to a much profitable business of providing postal services. Headed under the aegis of Hunter (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), the visionary is about to promote Junior (voiced by Andy Samberg), the top deliverer of Cornerstone, to the position of ‘Boss’. However, he requires him to fire a girl named Tulip (voiced by Katie Crown), who was Cornerstone’s last undelivered baby. Tulip is trying her best to fit in the lifestyle of Storks, but unfortunately she is an epitome of obliteration, and Hunter wants him gone.

still of nate and his parents in storks movie

Meanwhile at Earth, a kid is trying his best to catch his busy parents’s attention. The ignored head Nate (Anton Starkman) is keen on having a baby brother so that he could have someone to play with. He writes a letter (or did an adult write that? :P) that gets delivered to Cornerstone. In a series of accidental chaotic events, where Junior is trying to get rid of Tulip, the old baby delivering machine becomes functional with that letter and a baby is produced.  Boy, is she the cutest thing?

What follows is one hell of a roller-coaster ride, with Junior trying to deliver the baby to its rightful address alongside Tulip, before anyone in the Cornerstone knows about it.

HUMOUR IN STORKS MOVIE

Storks movie packs in humour aplenty. The non-stop fun comedy will not let you settle down a bit. It is constantly trying to tickle you, sometimes too hard, sometimes effortlessly. The fact that the movie is so much reflective of our day to day work makes things even more relatable. That’s primarily why you laugh hard too.

In their little adventure to deliver the baby, Tulip and Junior come across an insane wolf pack that can take the shape of anything from a bridge to a boat to a submarine. It is hands down one of the funniest bits in the movie. Alpha Wolf and Beta Wolf are voiced by none other than Key and Peele themselves.

still of alpha and beta wolf licking baby in storks movie

Also, the part where an army of silent Penguins tries to attack the lead characters making sure that the baby doesn’t wake up, will have you in fits of laughter. Pigeon Toady voiced by Stephen Kramer Glickman is one psychotic angle to the tale that blends in a little perversion with fun.

The movie also tries to do a little mockery of how the advent of baby in one’s life changes so many things for parents. It goes on to show that insane cuteness comes at a price!

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DOWNSIDES TO STORKS

One apparent downside that vexes you a bit is how Storks literally gallops. It is a constant run of frames that doesn’t stop even for a second to breathe. At times it tries its level best to pass on even average jests with its swift gait, so that you move on quickly to the next.

With no gravitas in its frames, the Storks movie fails to uplift the emotional quotient that the movie at one point tries to bank on. In that respect it stays miles away from the likes of Pixar. Everything stays scooched under 1 hour 27 minutes of screen-time, even though we could have really used a better editing.

GAVEL POUNDS

Even though Storks movie fails to do a Pixar in matters of sentient stories, it entertains us nevertheless with its snappy slapstick humour. The collaboration resuscitates the old forgotten lore that tries to celebrate lost stories. Even with its fun standpoint, we do get a comical entertainer in the end, and that’s what really matters.

If you wish to watch a whole load of cute, cuddlesome and Awwwwws, Storks is just the movie for you.

Here’s one cute trailer of Storks for you:

The Unpredictable Academy: Snubs and Wins (2015)

Every year the Academy slips in a frowned spurn at a movie that is on everybody’s mind. This time ‘Boyhood’ became the bait. The coming-of-age tale that spread brilliantly over the span of 12 years, was a sure shot per se. But alas! the Oscars have a reputation in doing the unthinkable. ‘Birdman’ beat Linklater’s panache not only in Best Picture and Original Screenplay categories but also in Best Direction. The latter managed to hold its ground thanks to Patricia Arquette’s Supporting Actress win.

Not long ago when the Academy had pressed its Oscar sheet, the snubbing of great movies like ‘Foxcatcher’, ‘Big Eyes’, ‘The Lego Movie’ and great actors like Amy Adams, Jennifer Aniston, David Oyelowo, Helen Mirren, Bill Murray, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz, had caught a lot of moss. Putting out Selma flame was a big rebuff this year since people claimed it to be a distinction on Academy’s part, not to mention the fact that a majority of voting members in the Oscar team are white.

Apart from the biggest surprise of the night, some more were strewn all along the event. Academy chose to ignore the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise once again giving precedence to ‘Big Hero 6’ in the animation department. Best Editing went to ‘Whiplash’ which again was a pie in the face for ‘Boyhood’. ‘American Sniper’ losing to ‘Whiplash’ in Sound Editing was another one. ‘Interstellar’ managed only one out of its five nominations. Surprise was Zimmer’s stunning score bowing down to Desplatic rhythm. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes overlooked in the Visual Effects department came as a big blow. However, it was a close call since Interstellar’s visuals were quite brilliant as well. It was great to see Glory glorified and Feast winning the Best Short Film Animated category. Winston just had to win 😉

Here is a short summary of what happened:

  • The Imitation Game (had 8 nominations, bagged 1)
  • Boyhood (had 6, bagged 1)
  • American Sniper (had 6, managed 1)
  • Birdman (had 9, got 4)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (had 9, got 4)
  • Whiplash (had 5, got 3)
  • Interstellar (had 5, got 1)
  • Foxcatcher (had 5, received none)

‘Foxcatcher’ was overlooked big time. Given the amount of work Bennett Miller had put in to create the beauty, he needed a little Academy respect and attention. Steve Carell’s transformational looks as John du Pont at least deserved a Makeup and Hairstyling accolade.

Rumours have continuously surrounded the Academy owing to its big decisions which seem pretty biased sometimes. The one that exemplifies the obvious perfectly – Incessant snubbing of Leonardo DiCaprio despite outstanding performances throughout his life. Academy even failed to recognize exceptional knacks of Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater last night. Both are yet to bag an Oscar, and that is just sad.

I picture Academy as one old crude witch, who just loves to see the world burn. If you have a favorite the Academy would snub it and shout “In your face!” in your face. Mainstream movies never even make it to the list.

Whatever the hammer says hardly bothers us though. We know for sure, nothing is really lost. The shattered are still celebrated. We still have incredible movies to watch thanks to sensational efforts put in by excellent directors, actors and the remaining crew.

If you didn’t make it, we don’t really care. Academy is just a bunch of people with their scathing point of view. If you consider all of us – people who watch you from every corner of the world, who care about every single thought you conceived to carve something beautiful, who praise your extraordinary efforts to create what we can only imagine, those who really love your work, who really encourage you do the exceptional, the real movie buffs, for us, you are still our winners! You will never lose! Let us raise one to that!