Saturday, 19 February 2011

Let's go, bitch. I've done action films!

Team America: World Police (2004)
Supplied by Vicky who had this to say about it: 'Nothing to do with me, this one is Peter's choice for you. He thinks you'll like it. I, personally, got bored with trey Parker's sense of humour quite a while ago. I do know a few folk who still giggle at lines from this, so maybe you will like it'

One has to admire the chutzpah and effort of Parker and Stone to put out a very silly puppet action movie.
Luckily there is more to admire in this daft, funny sometimes pointed (though not as successfully as their South Park film) satire.
It takes pot shots at left and right wing politics (it may just be my bias but the stuff targeting left wing do-goodery is not nearly as on point or funny as the barbs to the other spectrum) but mostly just fills itself with gags about sex and violence, often heightened by the fact that is all done with puppets (the sex scene would have been amusing live action but here transcends into something outrageously funny).
It misses as much as hits (an extended vomiting feels like it should be in lesser fare like Family Guy and it's Michael Moore joke is basically 'hey he's fat') but is punchy enough to get away with it.
America Fuck Yeah! is an anthem for the ages.

1 comment:

  1. Team America is a superb film. It's all the little subtle details that make it.

    The sex scene couldn't be done live action; for me it's made by the ludicrous of the inclusion of the piledriver position, plus the bit where she goes to put her finger on his lips, and because of the implied lack of control of the puppeteers, pokes him straight in the eye.

    They do miss the mark in places, but I think the good outweighs the bad by a long long way, and that it's a much funnier film than the South Park film.