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Genius. Silly, irreverent, childish. But absolute genius.,
This review is from: Team America: World Police [DVD] (DVD)
Not for the faint-hearted nor easily offended, this incredibly silly, juvenile film is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. It is a brilliant piece of puerile, slap-stick, rude school-boy comedy, that somehow ends up as a very witty satire that pokes fun at just about everyone.
The plot is suitably silly, and sounds vaguely familiar: The world is threatened by a group of terrorists and Team America: World Police is on their trail to bring them to a very brutal conclusion. In the interests of "saving the world", World Police justify much mayhem and destruction, and in the pursuit of a particular group of terrorists, destroy Paris and Cairo in hilarious ways. Like a pubsescent-teenage-remake of Thunderbirds, somehow crossed with Muppet-mayhem and seemingly directed by Terence & Philip from SouthPark, it is riddled with swearing, gratuitous violence and bloodshed and, yes, even sex. The references to Ken & Barbie in this particular scene are not, I'm sure, entirely coincidental. The violence is gloriously overstated, with the puppets getting a thorough ketchup-producing mauling either from simulated gunfire, explosions or real kittens.
It is directed with a mock-solemnity that gives it a big-budget, event-movie quality that just makes the whole thing more preposterous - the fact that grown men actually made this film is refreshing and scary in equal measure. The back of the DVD is like a who's-who of action film production - and it shows. Yes, its puppets, but it looks and feels like it should.
I loved this film on so many levels - partly because it is just great comedy and a fantastic satire on the state of the world the way it is at the moment - to pinpoint one character here, Kim Jong-Il is a fabulous caricature and his speeches and singing are truly hysterical. The self-appointed sanctimonious attitude of Hollywood do-gooders is equally ridiculed.
I also love this film because it doesn't preach or take sides, other than to point out how silly everything is. It doesn't take itself seriously and it is made for fun, not as a political statement. It is blindingly funny, it has to be said.
Its also a treat for the film-buff as the number of deliberate references/homages to other films (from StarWars to Kill Bill, to any number of Jerry Bruckheimer films) is a joy to watch as one joke-ridden scene of mayhem, carnage and stupidity blends perfectly with another.
It is a fundamentally ridiculous, childish and stupid film that quite simply made me laugh so much I had to regularly hit PAUSE on the DVD so that I would not miss the next scene.
For me, this film hit a lot of the same buttons as "beavis & butthead do america" did. Team America: World Police, is probably as funny, but is cleverer, and a more keenly observed piece of satire. It also has that "repeat-viewing" feeling that makes it an essential DVD!
just please let there be a sequel...