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plot in a nutshell
Have you ever watched an action hero movie? Then you know exactly what
this film is about - a crack team of heroes, whose sole purpose is to save
the world, lose a member in a touching moment. They recruit a new
member from an unlikely background to join them, but he's hesitant at
first. The beautiful woman convinces him, but after a bad experience
in their first mission, he turns his back on the team. The team goes
out without him to defeat the evil mastermind, only to be captured.
It's up to our hero to dig deep, look into his soul, and find the will to
come back and save them all.
Sound familier? It
should, since we get a dozen action movies just like it every year - and
that's absolutely the point of this puppet parody of the genre.
Written and directed by the brains behind South Park, Matt Stone and Trey
Parker, it's a hilarious rip on everything wrong with the modern blockbuster
Spoiler Free Thoughts
really to spoil here, since you've seen this film many times. But that
doesn't mean it doesn't work perfectly, destroying the genre along with the
Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and Mount Rushmore.
you're going to parody a genre, you better know it inside and out.
Fortunately, it looks like Parker and Stone have seen every goofy action
flick ever made, and treat us to a bountiful laugh fest. The trailers
show you almost nothing of the really funny sections of this film, and the
movie may be the MOST effective in its purpose when it slows down - there
are actually moments in this film where you actually feel like your watching
a REAL action movie, only to realize that the satire has just gotten more
the obvious major jokes, and they run all through the film. It attacks
many of the basic premises of most modern action flicks - America is the
center of the universe, only we can save the rest of the world, and we
always know best. This film is also a slight political satire, but
that's not the main point or purpose.
they attack the foolishness of the far right, who think violence is always
the answer. And yes, the attack the foolishness of the far left, who
think that violence is never the answer. Mostly, they attack moronic
actors, many of whom didn't make it through high school, yet think that once
they became famous, they understood the geo-political process so well, that
they had to take care of the rest of us. That's a favorite target of
Stone and Parker, and they slam them with both barrels in this film.
the real target here is the action film, and they know their victim very
well. It's not just the obvious jokes, but the subtle ones, that
really make this a hilarious film. Watch how they use the film's
score, the camera angles, and the facial expressions of the puppets to
remind us just how pathetic, trite and predictable the average Bruckheimer
or Bay film really is.
puppets work well here, and they have focused on giving them extremely
realistic facial movements, but retained the silly body movements to remind
us that this is all a joke. Lots of talk has been going around about
the puppet sex, supposedly the reason it almost received an NC-17 rating,
and I have to admit I laughed hard through the entire scene. Still,
it's funny because it is simply so over the top and ridiculous, and while
those scenes are great, you shouldn't ignore the more subtle ways that this
film makes fun of Hollywood.
are the usual share of songs, and while all of them are quite funny, I don't
think any of them come close to toppling some of the finer songs in South
Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. If you'd like to hear one final song
that's not in the main film, make sure you wait for all the credits to roll.
speech at the end of this film ranks up there with George C. Scott's in
Patton - and quite surprisingly, makes a lot more sense than I thought it
would. That's part of the danger of the average action film, which
takes complex issues and makes them simple enough for the average actor to
think they're an expert.
Rating - Laugh your ass off.
Okay, you don't really need to see this on the big screen, although the
great scenes and big explosions will look a little better there. But I
haven't laughed this hard in ages, and if you're a big fan of South Park,
you'll love it. If you hate South Park, then move along, because
there's nothing here you're going to want to see. Then again, skip it
and you'll never know the true price of freedom...
is one of those rare films that I know I'll be buying on DVD immediately,
because I can't wait to see what had to be cut. Did someone at the
ratings board not realize that these are just puppets?
Spoiler Laden Thoughts
There's nothing to spoil here except the laughs, and only Kim Il Jong
would be cruel enough to do that!