Aristotle: coming to theaters near you?

Aristotle: coming to theaters near you?

I frequently subject my students to a personal maxim of mine, that ‘the philosophically unexamined film is a film not worth watching’, though it seems that many are yet to be persuaded. In any case, here at last is an explicit promise of Aristotelian wisdom in popular film from the directors themselves, of none other than The Angry Birds MovieApparently, someone has finally asked: ‘What are the Angry Birds angry about, and why are they so angry?’ Philosophy, we know, begins in awe and questioning. For some reason, I have my doubts about this particular application of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, but it’s oddly gratifying to see that the filmmakers at least have read Aristotle (if only once), as is evidenced by their explanation: “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.”