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The Angry Birds Movie: Game on as the laughs take off

By Damon Smith

Published 13/05/2016

An image from The Angry Birds Movie. Photo: PA Photo/Sony
An image from The Angry Birds Movie. Photo: PA Photo/Sony

Red (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) is an outcast on Bird Island, where the rest of his flightless flock tweet peace and harmony. An unfortunate incident with an unhatched egg lands Red in court where Judge Peckinpah (Keegan-Michael Key) sentences him to a course in anger management led by perky clucker Matilda (Maya Rudolph).

Fellow attendees include wise-cracking live wire Chuck (Josh Gad), who can move at superbird speed, the aptly named Bomb (Danny McBride), who self-combusts when surprised or stressed, and hulking Terence (Sean Penn), who communicates in booming growls. Red resists Matilda's techniques because, as he reminds his brethren: "We're descended from dinosaurs. We're not supposed to be nice."

When a ship full of pigs led by smooth talker Leonard (Bill Hader) arrives on Bird Island, supposedly in peace, Red is the only one to sense impending disaster. Other birds fail to heed his warnings and when his doom-laden prophecy comes to pass, Red joins forces with Chuck and Bomb to locate the island's mysterious protector, Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage).

The Angry Birds Movie is a lot of fun so long as you ignore the flimsy and predictable plot.

Three stars

Belfast Telegraph

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