|Team America: World Police
||[Nov. 22nd, 2004|11:12 pm]
한국 사람이 아니다
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I think my favourite review soundbyte for Team America: World Police is this one: "If you're not a fan of naughtiness for naughtiness's sake, Team America is this week's must-miss movie."
The source? The Christian Science Monitor! So yeah, we'll be taking that review with a rather large grain of salt...
Actually, I'm surprised they sent a reviewer at all. Because if you know nothing else about Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it's that they are going to out-profane Tarantino and out-disgust the Farellys. And if you don't like it, well...Screw you, hippie!
Beyond the vomit jokes and the swearing, there is a lot of clever going on in this. No target is left undecimated. The liberals and the conservatives get a cheerful skewering...and of course, you can't get too irate about it. I mean, hey, they're just puppets, right?
Sure. Puppets with an R rating for, as the MPAA explained, "graphic, crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language; all involving puppets."
The "actors" themselves, inspired by the 1960's show Thunderbirds are puppets - marionettes, in fact, with strings and all. And right when, perhaps, we forget about that...we get a mini-homage to The Matrix that reminds us we're watching a 21st Century Punch-and-Judy show.
The visual jokes are almost as funny as the movie. The streets of Paris are paved with crossants. Palm trees are made of money. Korean buildings are made of Chinese takeout boxes. There are little, subtle references to Star Wars (the original one), Jerry Maguire, James Bond, Kill Bill and more. And, above all else, beware of Kim Jong Il's deadly panthers! Now, usually I would get a little soapboxy about the way Asians are represented in this, with the "I'm So Ronerey" song and the careless mixing of Korean, Chinese and Japanese themes (although the writing is Korean, and I so wish I could read what it says)...but then, every group possible is represented just as badly. Besides, they're not really Asians...
The songs, are hilarious, as they were in the South Park movie. Apart from the above "I want" song, there's a sad "I miss you" song ("I miss you as much as Michael Bay missed the mark with Pearl Harbor..."), a montage song, and the rally cry "America! Fuck Yeah!" There's also a song about Alec Baldwin that runs of the end of the closing credits; it's not on the soundtrack, so don't leave early.
The only thing wrong is...well, it doesn't seem as funny somehow as it probably would have a month ago. Now it's just...scary.
Oh. And 911 times 2356 is 2146316, in case you were wondering.