Review – Storks (2016)

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storks-5861318a16e12Welcome to Kid’s Week: Day 5. Today, we are reviewing Storks. Now, I’m not entirely sure where the entire concept of storks delivering babies originates, but it obviously stuck. Yet, I never really heard of it when I was a kid. Heck, I don’t even remember being curious as to where babies came from. I feel like I just accepted that they did and moved on. After all, I was the baby of the family, so it never came up. So, you either have the parents that tell their kids the truth about where babies come from, or you have the other families that decide to go the Stork route. Whatever the case may be, it shouldn’t come to any surprise that they’d come out with a movie centering on said storks. Let’s get into the plot of Storks.

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world. Written by Warner Bros. (IMDb)

Alright, so I wasn’t expecting much from this film. Especially since I hadn’t heard a whole lot about it before I saw it. The movie is better than I anticipated, but not by much. It’s cute and sometimes funny, and the graphics aren’t too terrible, either…but there’s also not a ton about Storks that made it ultimately memorable. There just seems to be one too many scenes that take a generic path that just screams predictable. It covers a topic I didn’t mind watching, but I just wish it looked more into being creative with its decision on film progression than it ultimately did…because even though it had a unique idea, it really didn’t do anything new with that idea.

Anyway, that was just my first impressions. Let’s dig deeper and break down Storks to examine the good and the bad that can be found in the film. Let’s interpret the stars!

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PEOPLE SCORE – 8/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 2|Casting – 1|Importance – 2|Chemistry 2

First, we’ll talk about the people category, which got a pretty decent score, as it rightfully should, being a kids film. The acting was unsurprisingly average, which is always a disappointment, but we can all live with that. The characters are all pretty memorable and they all have an important enough reason to be there which moved the story along. The casting was fine, but none of the cast really seemed like it was the only way to cast it. Finally, there was some good chemistry in the film that was honest and relatable.

WRITING SCORE – 7/10
Dialogue – 1|Balance – 1|Story – 2|Originality – 2|Interesting – 1

Next up, we have the writing category, which simply did okay, but it could’ve been a lot better. The dialogue was mostly just silly nilly animation stuff. Even the heartwarming parts of the film weren’t all that memorable. As far as balance goes, I feel like it started off really well, but it spread out thin as the film progressed. The story isn’t bad, though. We’ve needed a good Stork movie for a while, and I feel like this fits in nicely. It also has some really strong messages about family. I also consider it pretty original and even a little bit interesting.

BTS SCORE – 7/10
Visuals – 2|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1

Next up is behind-the-scenes, which also got a pretty average ranking. The visuals were very well done, and it is an as-advertised film, but nothing stood out when it came down to the directing, the editing, or even their choice of music or sound. So all-in-all, I’d say the best part about stuff going on backstage is simply the visuals, which is rather common when you think about other movies like it.

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 10/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2

Pretty solid narrative structure, as with most animated features. The introduction quickly got us up to speed with what Storks used to be and what they are now. The inciting incident is when they accidentally created a baby. The obstacles came down to attempting to deliver said baby, the climax is a culmination of everything else, and there is an okay falling action, as well.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 3/10
Rewatchability – 1|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impulse/Talk – 0|Sucks you in – 0

Alrighty. So, how entertaining is it? In my opinion, it’s more of a kids film than something for the whole family, so I personally wasn’t the biggest fan of it. I would say it’s rewatchable to a degree, but nothing I’d knowingly seek anytime soon. There are definitely enough parts in here to consider the film fun, but you won’t really have any impulse to talk about it, buy it, or own it, and for the most part, Storks doesn’t really suck the audience in, either.

TOTAL SPECIAL – 35/50
Kids Week – 10|Family – 0|Comedy – 5|Adventure – 10|Halfway Decent – 10

Now onto the specialty questions that I asked before seeing the movie. It is kid’s week, so how was this as a kids film? Perfectly fine, I believe. My kid enjoys watching it, and has seen it a couple of times now, but I wouldn’t really consider it a film that works for everyone in the family. It’s more of a keep your kids busy type of film. How was the comedy? I think the comedy was fine here and there, but it’s not incredible and it’s certainly not really persistent. It is also defined as an adventure, so how adventurous was it? Well, it may as well be a road trip film, so very adventurous. Now, was it halfway decent? I believe it was because it did exactly what it wanted to, so I can’t not award full points.

RATING – 70/100

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