Don’t Turn A Blind Eye To This Thriller

Don't Breathe

 

The end of August is usually full of blunt films that are meant to fill spaces, but sometimes Hollywood knows how to close out the summer in style.  The promise of this weekend is the latest horror film called Don’t Breathe. Robbie K here, and I’m back to share my opinions and advice on the latest movies.  Do we have a champion horror movie?  Or are we fooled once again.  As always…read on to find out.

 

LIKES:

  • Suspense
  • Plot twists
  • Good pace

 

When a trailer promises suspense, my experience has been a few on the seat moments often deluded by cheesy plot lines and over exaggerated monsters.  Fortunately, Don’t Breathe decided to cast its die another way to deliver on what was promised. The movie is filled with suspense from the moment the “heroes” enter the house and begin their journey to rob a blind man.  Using very simple, though well planned, tactics our main cast of three traverse the dark corridors in hopes of escaping with their lives.  Many of the audience cringed with the creak of a rogue floor board, waiting for the military man to appear and hunt his prey.  One doesn’t realize how silent things are until that sudden sound effect pops out.  Yes, the presentation certainly gives you the suspense you are craving, but that’s not the only thing they did right.

In terms of plot, horror movies often have quality components, but as a whole are mundane, unoriginal, and formulaic.  This movie is very similar to many films, but stands out for the plot twists thrown into the mix.  You can get some of these twists from the trailers, however our screenplay writers dropped a few bombs into the mix that take the story down a new road.  These surprises keep things fresh and add more urgency to the moment to further bring the thrills you sought with the trailer.  And even better its presented at a quick pace that adds more energy to the scenes and a since of adventure that you often miss in horrors.  It all feels like a visual version of the most dangerous game and doesn’t dawdle to deliver the good stuff.

 

DISLIKES:

  • Overly drawn out at times
  • Not that scary
  • Uber cheesy

 

Okay…I know that horror movies are always a stretch of the imagination and there are a lot of overly done moments.  Don’t Breathe, while more on the realistic side, certainly drops into many moments that sometimes feel like it won’t end.  While some of these moments are focused on narrow misses in the basement, or dodging shots from a gun with seemingly infinite ammunition.  My main issue has to be with some of more violent moments, watching the buff military guy beat down the trespassers in vicious fury.  Yeah, it delivers some swift justice, but hearing the sounds of squishing blood and grunts of pain gets stupid after a while. I can’t say most of it was pointless, but our director may need to get checked out for how much he seemed to enjoy the violent moments.  In fact, it seems that the violence was the focus that the scares were left out.  Speaking of which….

The scare factor of this movie was not really there for me.  Oh sure, a whacked out marine sergeant with a wicked temper and skills is a scary thing to witness due to the realism factor.  However, it is not the thing to keep me up at night, minus one of the scenes near the middle of the film.  The Blind Man is not the creepy, nightmare inducing monsters/demons/spirits that the genre is famous for.   In fact, you kind of feel sorry for him at times which dilutes the scary/creepy factor for most of the film.  And the movie fails to use the creepy edge and replaces it with those jump scare moments you can see coming from a mile away.  Maybe if they had added a serial killer edge, or a creeped out mental patient moment it would have sweetened the pot.

Finally, the last dislike is the cheesy moments in the film.  Before you rip me a new one and say this review is useless hear me out.  Yes, horror movies are cheesy it’s what allows for the monsters and situations to exist that fans want to dive into.  Unfortunately for me that cheesiness took a turn down the wrong avenue for me.  First of all, the whole situation wouldn’t exist if the main characters weren’t overzealous thieves trying to justify their action.  The means for the movie made my eyes roll and I actually cheered against the kids in the beginning because of how much I disliked them.  In addition, the convenient elements (e.g. guns with lots of shots, vents that are just the right size, and surprisingly resistant bodies) are just some of the other cheesy things they amplify in this movie.  I’ll give them props for resourcefulness though and managing to dilute the factors to fit into the suspense.

 

The Verdict:

When it comes to Don’t Breathe, the word Thriller is the most appropriate way to describe this film.  It provides the continuous suspense that your attention craves and throws enough surprises into the mix to make a decent tale.  However, in terms of scary, I can’t say it was the most system shocking of the mix.  Still I have to recommend this one for the crowd who longs for a fast paced horror who like a bunch of close calls.  Yet for the rest of the world, hold out for this one and catch it at Redbox in a few months. 

 

My scores:

Horror/Thriller: 7.0 (Thriller alone a 7.5)

Movie Overall: 6.5

Ben-Hur, Done That

Ben-Hur

 

In 1959 the world was introduced to Ben-Hur, a movie that today remains on many top movie lists. So of course Hollywood, would be ready for a remake in this golden age of well…remakes. My final review of the weekend is on the latest rendition of the classic tale that promises the entire plot with more of the action. So let’s get started shall we?

 

LIKES:

  • Sticks to the story
  • Acting
  • The chariot scene finale

 

With remakes sometimes comes a major plot overhaul, which is sometimes good and sometimes bad. In Timur Bekmambetov’s production the story is pretty consistent with its 55-year-old predecessor. The backbone is essentially the same, but they have made a few tweaks such a making Messala, Judah’s brother and using assassination as the means of starting war instead of a tile falling from the ceiling. Some of these additions I think make the drama more gripping, and others were a little more long-winded and overdramatic. At least most of these additions added to the plot and allowed us to get closer and more involved with Ben-Hur’s tale. I liked most of the plot points myself, despite rolling my eyes at times, and welcomed the additions.

I also welcomed the acting, with Jack Huston being an extraordinary Ben-Hur of the modern age. He captures the noble side of the character well and did a decent job for most of the hopeless romantic scenes as well. I can’t lie that his deep brooding voice, sounded a lot like a comical Batman impression and his shaken faith moments were a bit overdone, but overall he did a nice job. Toby Kebell also does the role of Messala well too, though he is a bit more overbearing and brash compared to Huston and bleeds over to the overacted realm a few times. But these two sync with each other well, and both have a great chemistry with the rest of the cast making for a believable crew that you fall into place with.

And as promised, the chariot scene was quite the display of technical ingenuity the modern day Hollywood. The sequence is well put together, with the cinematography capturing all the glorious chaos and action in glorious detail. Its stable, multi angled, and all designed to maximize emotion without making you sick (take a look at this Michael Bay). Now throw in a killer symphony score and sound editing and you get the next component that brings the 15 minutes of adrenaline pumping shots to full force. Finally, throw in some beautifully choreographed moments and planned accidents and you get the complete picture that immerses you into the moment. It certainly was a fitting ending to the tale.

 

DISLIKES:

  • Some of the Drama overdone
  • Writing is surprisingly lacking at parts
  • The savage nature of the film

As mentioned earlier, the writers of the script added some good story elements to the mix, but there were parts that were a little overdone. Many of these parts often had to do with the mother and sister roles, very shallow moments that did not add much to the plot for me. The obsession from that point on led to a lot of circular arguments that were not impressive to me and kept the plot from moving along. A few other character introductions and building rivalries were almost not needed, for the characters weren’t on screen long enough to really add much to the story other than fodder for the violent moments.

This brings me to the next dislike: the lacking writing. For a movie all about finding faith and challenging the reign of the prestigious Roman Empire, you would have thought there would be more boisterous and moving speeches. There are a few of these pride-stimulating moments, but much of Ben-Hur’s dialogue has been reduced to casual conversations where testosterone leads to a semi heated complaining match. Morgan Freeman probably has the best conversations of the bunch when he interacts with the group, filled with the wisdom and enlightenment this time in history was famous for. In addition Esther (Nazanin Boniadi) also had a few wise moments though not as well thought out. While you certainly aren’t there for the writing, it was something that I had hoped would match the intensity of the 50s film.

Finally comes the savage nature of the film. Yes, I know times were horrendous back then and the might of the army was merciless and not shy of brutality. Still I didn’t expect so much focus on it. Ben-Hur’s modern day graphics truly amplify the reality of suffering as both Roman and Jewish citizens are burned, maimed, and crushed under the wrath of entertainment. Some of the violence was indeed necessary, but the cruelty towards the horses in this film was a little too focused for my liking. Yes it does bring you into the heat of the moment and I did feel the suspense building. But seeing those horses (even CGI ones) suffer was not entertaining to me. The violence is certainly fitting, but those with weak constitutions might want to stick to the 50s lower technical qualities.

 

The VERDICT

Ben-Hur is one of the better remakes I have seen in a while, and has many of the elements we fell in love with all those years ago. The actors play their roles nicely and the modern day graphics certainly bring the world to life and immerse you into the entire story. But it is a remake that is a bit more savage and is does not hold anything really special to constitute a trip to theater, with the exception of the few action scenes. Yet those looking for a good historical, action, drama will get their fill, but I recommend waiting on this one to grace RedBox.

 

My scores:

Adventure/Drama/History: 7

Movie Overall: 7

Two Thumbs Up For Two Strings

Kubo.jpg

 

Another day, another animated adventure ready to happen, and for once it is not from Disney. Hi Robbie K here, writing another review on the latest and greatest of the silver screen. The name of the movie is Kubo and the Two strings, a stop motion project that curtails to Japanese culture. It certainly promises to be a magical experience, but as always I’m here to share some thoughts on the subject. Let’s get started.

 

LIKES:

  • Original and creative
  • Animation and design of the movie
  • Emotional Balance

 

With all the cartoon sequels that come out, it is sometimes hard to find a new original tale to follow. Kubo breaks the mundane of sequels with a fresh new approach that will certainly stand out amongst the ranks of CGI films. The Japanese folklore theme provided a pallet of magic, combat, and monsters that are the essential components of an adventure tale. Kubo’s land is filled with a bounty of story elements that will keep the intended young audience entertained. Both good and bad guys each have a certain edge, flare, or other characteristic that helps them stand out and all are integrated into the tale well.

And it is all animated so beautifully! Kubo’s animation and design are certainly a strong component that makes the adventure so unique. Stop motion continues to be one of my favorites, because the animators often think outside the box to bring the magic to the screen. I myself was impressed with how the world popped to life in a fantastic display of color that added to the character’s personality. In addition, the world is also designed to represent the Japanese culture, but is presented in a manner that is somewhat warped to have that spooky/gothic edge that we’ve loved (like in Coralline!) And when the spirit world denizens make an appearance, they get their own extra glaze to mirror their ambience of the Moon Kingdom. If you haven’t guessed, I really liked the animation and feel that it is certainly one of the more unique styles I’ve seen in a while.

Where the animation and antics will get younger audience members invested in the film, it is the emotional punch that will catch the adult’s eye. Kubo’s story contains the heartstring pulling, gut wrenching moments that might just bring a tear to your eye. All the character dynamics are strongly built in this movie, much of which is designed around the importance of family and friends. Sure that is typical of any movie, but in Kubo this concept is also laced with the threat of death and how quickly those things can be snatched away. When combined with the music, the character design, and the voice acting…it all comes together to really hit home.

 

DISLIKES

  • The Action Component
  • Lackluster Solutions

 

It was hard to find fault in this movie for me, but alas there are some things I felt could have been improved on. First is the action component. Yes, I am an action junky and yes I know it holds a PG rating (I’m not that dumb). Hence I will say that the action is appropriate for the intended audience with enough excitement to latch your attention, but not too much edge to cause psychological trauma. But what I wanted was for them to use their concepts more. For instance, Kubo has some pretty cool magic, but I was expecting more spectacular spells and moves from all the hype of the trailers. I was hoping for the magic to be better integrated into the combat, perhaps integrated with some sword combat to really live the battles. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case as much of Kubo’s exciting qualities were used for comedic relief. Oh well at least it was done tastefully and retained the artistic style I so loved.

As for the lackluster solutions category, this pertains to how much of the conflict was resolved in this movie. Kubo’s fights start out with edge, pick up some excitement, and then end very…abruptly. With how creative the team had been with much of this movie, I was hoping to see that design carry over. But again the underutilization of magic resulted in these kind of boring, although very emotional, fixes that were dialogue heavy. This was especially true in the final fight, where Kubo was able to make a few speeches that preached the important morals like an after school special. While very important to the story, it just wasn’t what I expected and was somewhat of a disappointing end game after all the set-up. Is this a big weakness? No, because like I said it was important and well integrated into the story and that is important to me. Still…I was hoping for more.

 

The VERDICT

Kubo of the Two Strings gets two thumbs up from this reviewer and is certainly an adventure many will enjoy. The unique design, fantastically developed characters, and bright colors are mixed together for an entertaining show with a great story to boot. Yes it lacks some of the excitement I was hoping for, but they didn’t sacrifice the story quality in their editing. Based on all these qualities, this reviewer certainly recommends dropping to the theater for this one, and may even suggest catching it in 3-D should the opportunity present itself. Recommended audiences for this film are those who have kids, appreciate fantastic animation or are young at heart.

 

My scores are:

Animation/Adventure/Family: 9.0

Movie Overall: 8.0-8.5

 

War Meets Wolf Of Wall Street: Hill and Teller Take On Politics

War Dogs

            Robbie K here, starting the weekend off with what else…a movie review. Tonight we jump into the political drama movie that is about our beloved country and those who try to cheat the system to make excessive amounts of cash. So lets bump past the formalities and dive right into my thoughts on War Dogs starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller!

 

LIKES:

  • Good chemistry between actors
  • Interesting story
  • Comedy is witty

 

When I saw the trailers for this movie, I shuddered to think of the mess this movie could potentially be. After all, both of the actors (while talented) had not been in any roles that I absolutely loved. Therefore I was nervous to see these cast together and the potential stupidity/annoyance that could have been. To my surprise, these two were great together, having a dynamic relationship that sold the characters to me. Hill’s brash, aggressive nature led the charge of the movie, but was able to be toned down by Teller’s calm, intelligent, and more mature role. Each one was able to balance the other’s extremes and certainly felt like two coworkers/friends cheating the system. Once more I say that alone these guys were good, but together they were excellent.

While the relationship is certainly the driving force of the movie, the story helps keep the pace and suspense going. The story is exactly as sold in the trailers of two young men giving up their mundane jobs to begin selling weapons across the country. Unlike other gun running movies, this film abandons the frontlines for the bank, and feels much like another rendition of the Wolf of Wall Street. Todd Phillips and his team integrated the lives of our characters well into the story while still adding an edge of threat to keep you wondering what would interfere. The many moving pieces keep one engaged in the movie, and while there were components I felt under developed, had enough detail in each to bring things together.

Finally the comedy, I was expecting the comedy to be nothing more than a bunch of one-liners and facial expressions to make the next wave of memes. Truth is…there are plenty of these moments, but surprisingly there is some rather witty dialogue that had me laughing. In particular the banter between the two held plenty of clever insults and jabs at American stereotypes. Hill’s character in particular had more lines I found funny, mainly by his delivery, but Teller’s responses to those lines also assisted with that factor. All-in-all, the comedy has all of the insult and stupidity you expect, but is delivered so well.

 

DISLIKES:

  • Wanted more Ana De Armas moments
  • The F word and comedic antics getting old
  • Underdeveloped parts and the ending

 

My first dislike is the limitation of Ana De Armas’ character. I won’t lie, she is a beautiful woman and was very nice to have on screen (hey I am human after all). But I also really liked her character and how she drove the morals of the story despite all the corruption in this film. That goodness could have really refreshed the movie at some of the slower parts and they could have injected some more suspense in the film by having her in the film. Perhaps she isn’t the most key character in this war/crime drama, but hey it couldn’t have hurt…I think.

To sound like a broken record, the F word does not equal great dialogue or great writing. Yet Hollywood still can’t get that idea through their skulls. War Dogs has moments where it is just one bomb dropped after another, which may not bother you much. Still this reviewer would love the strategic use of the word to maximize its comedy potential, instead of replaying the ploy much like a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie. The same can be said for the comedic ploys in this film, some of which are again beaten to death without much remorse. Jonah Hill’s laugh (which sounded like a mixture between the joker and a donkey) in particular grew stale to me and was more annoying by the tenth time it escaped its lips. Fortunately, there aren’t too many of these stale antics plaguing the riding.

My final limitation was the underdeveloped components of the film. I’ve already stated the Ana De Armas parts, but there were other components I felt were in need of some fine tuning. The Bradley Cooper character I expected to have a bigger role for the price tag he carries and the way they snuck under the government’s nose was a bit farfetched as well. In addition, the fact that this is all based on a Rolling Stone article left me wondering how much was true and how much of this was Hollywood magic and fantasy. And as for the ending, it is a little lackluster and I would have thought more ploy, drama, and actual footage would have been in the film. Not to mention the final scene was ambiguous and unnecessary.

 

The VERDICT

War Dogs was much better than I expected and really portrays the actions some may take to make a quick buck. While certainly not the most original or entertaining movie, the engaging characters will keep you entertained and the dialogue will have you laughing. However, these qualities are not enough to recommend a trip to the theater for most of the audience members. Only those with great capitalistic pride and who don’t mind American political jabs should venture into this movie, otherwise wait for the Redbox rent.

 

My scores:

Comedy/Drama/War: 8.0

Movie Overall: 7.0

Streep Leads This Emotional, Classy Movie About Inspiration and Hope

Florence

 

The lovely Meryl Streep is a woman whose legendary performances spread across all genres. Tonight I have the privilege of reviewing her latest film that spans insto historical biography drama. The name of the movie if Florence Foster Jenkins and the game is about uniting a city during troubling times. The trailers made this one look promising, but as always I’m here to see if they deliver on said promises. So let’s get started shall we?

 

LIKES:

  • Acting
  • Emotional Delivery
  • Great writing

 

Florence Foster Jenkins is certainly a movie that is dependent on its actors to make it entertaining. Meryl Streep’s performance certainly lives up to its legendary standards and brings the iconic character to life in spades. She once more balances all her emotions, covering a diverse spectrum that includes joy, sickness, and fear all brilliantly wrapped in courage. And to see her butcher the musical notes the way she does, only gains further applause from this reviewer. Hugh Laurie, while not my favorite actor, certainly got the supportive husband role down and had a reactive chemistry with not only Streep, but every character in the film. And as for Simon Helberg, he did a decent job. I don’t know the character or the book, but Helberg’s performance was like a creepier version of Wallowitz with more elegant piano work. I warmed up to the character eventually, and soon found the performance much more fitting.

Outside of the acting though, the emotional drama certainly delivers on the promise of playing with your mood. The feelings of joy, pride, empathy, and anger all dance around in a chaotic waltz as the events unfold. While the actors are certainly the primary means of bringing everything to life, the camera work and accompanying orchestra work amplify the emotional turmoil you might feel. And the writing combined with the story certainly establishes a strong framework to guide everything. The dialogue in particular impressed me, so real and yet so clever that you can’t help but feel dropped into the setting. Bottom line is that the production quality is top notch and certainly the best part of the movie for me.

 

DISLIKES:

  • The Pace
  • Ear shrieking gets old after a while

 

With all the great things about this movie, it is unfortunate for me that the pace of the movie was very slow. I’ve seen my share of bibliographies, and many of them had some sort of plot point or engaging suspense to keep you hooked. In this movie I didn’t have those aspects, which often left the movie dragging at points and stuck in repetitive sequences. This error/weakness is mostly on my part and I should have been prepared for some slower moments. However, the rest of the audience had no problems with the speed of the movie and relished in the drama.

The second dislike comes from Florence’s main theme of singing poorly to a number of crowds. At first the gimmick is fun and funny, as Mirren throws off key ballads under the pretense she sings well. However, she soon transitions into opera and the surround sound, high amplitude shrieking becomes quite an ear splitter that may give you a headache. That joke also grew stale for me too, but its relevance to the plot made up for it despite the decibels she reached. It might be a minor point, but it was something I didn’t quite enjoy. In addition the movie itself wasn’t revolutionary as well and therefore wasn’t the masterpiece I thought it would be from the trailers.

 

The VERDICT

 

Overall Florence Foster Jenkins has high production quality and a five star cast that brings the movie to life in more ways than one. However, it probably could have had just a strong impact if it had premiered as a PBS original movie. For me there just wasn’t much theater quality to it (e.g. no special effects, or unique enough story). Therefore I can’t recommend this one is a must see in theaters. Who is the target audience for this movie. Well if my showing is a representative sample, it seems that women greater than the age of 50 are going to enjoy this most.

 

My scores are:

Biography/Comedy/Drama: 7.5

Movie Overall: 7

Soaring Down New Avenues: The New Pete’s Dragon Brings Some Fire

Pete's Dragon.jpg

 

Disney’s age of remakes continues strongly as they bring more cartoons to life. Their latest product is Pete’s Dragon, a whimsical, musical that many of us remember dancing to as kids. So naturally they want to try and recreate the magic with a remake. Robbie K here with another review on the latest movie to grace the silver screen, so let’s get started.

 

LIKES:

  • Elliot was animated fantastically
  • Decent story with deep emotions
  • Good Acting

 

As I mentioned, Elliot was a cartoon dragon who hummed and sang the movie away in a colorful display. So to see that two-dimensional dragon brought to life in three-dimensional computer animation was certainly awesome. Elliot’s transformation was beautifully done and incredibly detailed from the slobber of his mouth to the green mass of his fur. The dragon’s loveable mug, deep caring eyes, and magnificent persona were all captured in his design and brought with it a wave of nostalgia (minus the absence of the purple hair and tuft). In terms of his animation, again the CGI team at Disney brings top-notch work from majestic flight to blending into the background of the forest. Some people were definitely paying attention in anatomy-physiology class.

Outside of the animation, the story is surprisingly deeper than initially expected. If you remember the first movie, it was film set on whimsical music and a cute fun atmosphere. Not the case for this film. Instead of singing and dancing, this rendition chose to take a deeper journey that explored concepts like loyalty, family, and love. Despite their adventures among the forest and animated deer, Pete and Elliot’s relationship felt more like guardian and pet, rather than best pals to pull pranks with. Once the other humans joined up with him, the emotional kick only hit harder, building up to “heated” moments that tugged at your heartstrings. While I didn’t shed a tear, I can’t deny that at times I felt something brewing in my chest.

And helping bring that story to life is a well selected cast who brought their A game to the table. Bryce Dallas Howard played the overbearing, wannabe parent well, especially the overly doting atmosphere. Robert Redford, rocked as the wise man of the town, bringing comedic relief to the mix and fun grandpa atmosphere. But the real star of the show for me was Oakes Fegleyy, who played the wild Pete exactly as I expected him to be portrayed with a wild sense of curiosity matched only by his innocence and loyalty. Plus the kid knew how to act with an imaginary creature.

 

DISLIKES

  • Not as much fun
  • Diluted antagonist
  • A bit cliché at times

 

Okay the movie was still fun in its own manner, but I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as I did the original. I missed the colors, music, and energy of the first film that held immense energy that used to have me singing and laughing for days. This movie’s more serious nature, darker color scheme, and powerful symphony music hold little of that energy. Only a few playful moments came close to that classic fun, primarily when Elliot was more like an adorable pet fetching sticks.

Another thing that I didn’t enjoy as much was the supposed “bad” guy of the film known as Gavin, played by Karl Urban. Urban did a fine job with his character, but the directing team did not design a villain as rotten as the original’s Dr. Terminus. Gavin was a single-minded boob, who had little character development, a rather lame goal, and a surprisingly effective arsenal. He brought little threat to the movie, and most of the “exciting” conflicts were actually pretty low key that robbed the film of excitement.

Finally the overly cliché moments of the movie are a bit cheesy and a bit lacking in the fulfilling department. Much of the “surprises” are not really that surprising, but instead go down the expected avenue of Disney plots. Some times these moments are actually nicely done, well designed and well orchestrated to fill you with a warm feeling. Other times these moments are very shallow and overly cheesy, like something out of an episode of Full House. However, this is a very minor weakness for me and at least brings good lessons and character development with them.

 

The Verdict:

 

            Pete’s Dragon is certainly another display of Disney’s ability to modernize their movies. Insane animation, a well-constructed cast, and an emotional story are certainly the selling points of this Disney movie. I can definitely appreciate the direction they took this in, but it still wasn’t as much fun or filled with Disney magic as the original 1977 film. Still, the young and young at heart will have fun with this movie and most likely enjoy the theatrics. I think I have told you the recommended audience to see it in the theaters, but this reviewer would state this one can wait for the RedBox.

 

My scores are:

Adventure/Family/Fantasy: 8.0

Movie Overall: 7.0

How Much Sausage Can Be Stuffed? Hits Target Audiences

sausage party

 

The mission, write a review. The movie: Sausage Party. Robbie K here, and I’m back with another assignment to give you the 411 on the latest movies to hit the theater. Tonight the latest animated “masterpiece” is my subject, one crafted by the masters of raunchy comedy. Let’s get started.

 

LIKES:

  • Originality
  • Clever writing with wit
  • Killer Soundtrack
  • Short run time

 

If the trailers weren’t enough to convince you, then let me assure you that Sausage Party certainly is a more unique film than most. The idea of food coming to life and navigating a supermarket is not something we get these days. Add on the sexual characteristics and personify to add depth to their characters brings even more shine to the movie. I mean making an antagonist who is an actual douche is new to me.

And with originality often comes cleverness, which this movie manages to bring to the mix. There are plenty of movie references and stereotypical humor integrated into the movie, much of which is well times to have you laughing in your seats. I myself enjoyed seeing warzones unfold in Saving Private Ryan manners, or seeing science fiction movie plots breaking into the spot light. But most of you are probably looking for the sexual innuendos promised in the trailers and to your relief it delivers on its promise. The focus of the movie is certainly on promiscuous side with so many descriptions for sex jammed into the 90 minute run time. So many people lost it to the aggressive insults and descriptions for genitalia that it was sometimes hard to hear the movie. There were also plenty of cheesy puns thrown into the mix to relieve some of the dirtier comedy. And for the moments where they broke the fourth wall…that too was a very good choice.

While you certainly don’t care about soundtracks in a comedy movie, Sausage Party gets points for the songs they chose. Various classics over the last few decades grace the speakers such as Three Dog Night’s Joy to the World, Meatloaf’s song (sung by a meatloaf) and a few other tracks to fit into the deranged mood. It’s fun, flashy, and a nostalgic twist to only amplify the comedy of this film and well placed throughout the movie. And did I mention that it is only 90 minutes long. A perfect run time to get the message across before going into the overdone territory.

 

DISLIKES

  • Disturbing
  • Jokes that cross the line
  • Some lazy dialogue
  • Some tactics that went stale

 

If you didn’t catch the trailers you might have missed some of the more graphic scenes of the movie. Seeing perishable characters be brutally dismembered while hearing screams of despair, anguish, and suffering drowning the theater certainly wasn’t the most enjoyable thing to see. Some might find the destruction of food laughable, but the presentation was a bit more disturbing to me than anything. But these fail in comparison to some of the violent fates other characters fall into. Despite the corny, comical theme, those who cringe or feint of heart might want to steel themselves for the chaos at hand. And as for the orgy scenes, well seeing food do it really isn’t my cup of tea.

But if death and violence aren’t enough to cross the line, then perhaps some of the more inappropriate jokes will do it for you. Our writers certainly set out to poke various snakes, making fun of various cultural references that had me sometimes laughing and other times wondering who it will set off. Surely many people will find this movie offensive, especially when customs and traditions are adulterated with sex and monogamy. I won’t lie I laughed at it sometimes, but some of the things certainly hit below the belt. Throw in some lazy dialogue moments and you add further insult. Why cursing must become the key ingredient in a comedy, I don’t know, but nevertheless Sausage Party doesn’t hesitate to haphazardly add swearing to the point of getting annoying.

As for jokes growing stale, surprisingly it doesn’t happen much in this movie, but there are some gags that lose their punch. Random food popping up at their mentioning is one example, arrogant bragging of the douche was another. To their benefit though, the jokes were pretty well spread out and the short time prevented them from going too overboard with some of the jokes.

 

VERDICT:

            It’s hard to score this movie as it isn’t the comedy I might prefer. However, keeping in mind its intended audience and joke style, I have to say the movie certainly delivers on its promise to be sexually slanderous and mind numbingly stupid. The story certainly isn’t the greatest (or that strong to be honest), but this tale is certainly original in many ways and so creative. However, all the insults and disturbing moments, not too mention the cheaper, low key dialogue moments, take away things for me. So who do I recommend this movie for? Fans of Seth Rogen movies, those who can’t get enough raunchy humor, or those who want to see food do it. Worth a trip to the theater? I have to say it is for the audience it delivers for, but hold out until the RedBox if you can wait.

 

My scores:

Animation/Adventure/Comedy: 7.5

Movie Overall: 5