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The Angry Birds Movie, film review: ‘They messed it up’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 May 2016

Chuck (Josh Gad) and Red (Jason Sudeikis) in Angry Birds. Picture: Rovio Animation

Chuck (Josh Gad) and Red (Jason Sudeikis) in Angry Birds. Picture: Rovio Animation


As a film reviewer I live in a world of nark.

I’m an exposed nerve ending constantly inviting pain, exquisitely attuned to picking up on the slightest little grievance and becoming disproportionately aggrieved about it.

So, although it is based on that irritating mobile phone game app from a few years back, this rehash of Shrek about a lone angry figure living in a world of happy clappy idiots looked like it’d be right up my street.

Sadly, but not unexpectedly, they’ve messed it all up, haven’t they?

This is a film with Sean Penn, where the lead character is a grumpy misanthrope infuriated by everything, but Penn doesn’t play that character – so they’ve got that wrong for a start (They do make up for it though by not giving him any dialogue).

Red (Sudeikis) lives on an island of flightless but infuriatingly happy birds getting increasingly incensed by their cheerfulness and eventually gets sent on an anger management course, where he meets the hyperactive Chuck (Gad) and Bomb (McBride) who explodes when stressed.

Angry Birds isn’t a terrible movie, and it may keep the kids entertained for an hour and a half, but it is uninspired.

The trailer looked fun but after 15 minutes you will probably feel that you’ve already work experienced everything the movie has to offer.

The only surprise is Red becoming the island’s Nigel Farage when a boatload of refugees, little green piggies, arrive on their island.

While everybody else welcomes them with open arms, only Red suspects that they are up to no good and is eventually proved right.

This is definitely not Zootropolis.

Rating: 2/5 stars

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