First off here’s the good news Seth MacFarlane’s latest uber-immature yet funny, New England style of over the top humor is still delivered with plenty of style and wit. And few could deliver it better I mean how many can just make the sound of a Boston/New England accent funnier than MacFarlane? Exactly.
And thanks to some new additions/faces in the form of Amanda Seyfried, as a new suitor for Mark Walhberg’s “John” (the original’s Mila Kunis bailed out due to pregnancy) and the always wanted and likable Morgan Freeman he builds on his buddy-stoner comedy series. Seriously how many of us still smile at the “Thunder Buddies” song? Be honest. And they are back in full force and still just as likable as always when it comes to MacFarlane’s characters. Let’s see there’s a “Breakfast Club” montage, tons and tons of pop culture and cult film and comic book jokes, and without a doubt, one of if not the best “Jurassic Park” weed jokes that will make the hardest to impress roll with laughter.
But sadly, with all of that here’s the bad news and it’s this, for every good joke there’s about two or three that just get old fast or fail all together. In fact some of the gags used in this one have already been done on “Family Guy” everything from a semen spill, just see it, to a cut away to making bad suggestions at a comedy improve group. Again like I said just see it, you’ll understand. It gets old and makes this one just feel like a been there, done that film with used up, eye rolling gags that just get tiring making this one just a sad shell of it’s predecessor.
Now that doesn’t mean MacFarlane is done and finished, not by a long shot. If he really wanted to continue making live action films he really could be this generations Woody Allen or Mel Brooks, but just recycling old gags from his prior work is not what made them great. They found new ideas and new ways and went on with that which is why I was just so down to see MacFarlane seeming to just throw a bunch of old stuff together thinking that’s creative or good and we’ll all just take it with a grin and like it. Wrong, Wrong!
Already there’s talk of a “Ted 3,” won’t surprise me, I just really, really hope MacFarlane doesn’t just rehash what he did and try to make something original or build on what he did for the next time around. Seriously, I really do.
Rating: 2 ½ out of 4 stars
Written by: Jason Greathouse
Wow, I had to be honest, when I saw the ads for this film and hearing that the Wachowski’s were back to making big grandiose film making with the possibility of a new trilogy. Well, that’s why I think it hurts so much to know the movie is just, well, maybe, ok. I mean visually it’s impressive as their camera zips and zooms, just check out an action/chase scene over the skyline of Chicago with huge c.g.i. visuals destined to jaw drop and impress. Everything else is just a mess. Basically the plot Mila Kunis is the genetic heir to a galactic fortune, I think, why I don’t know? But she get’s protected by a genetically enhanced solider, sort of, in the form of Channing Tatum, who finds her by, sense of smell, no joke. The rest, I don’t know? I’m still trying to figure that out?
The plot, the story, I have no idea I got lost myself. Poor Wachowski’s they really, really, really try to entertain us so badly. I mean they can do it, we’ve seen it, check out the underrated “Bound” and, of course, “The Matrix” a sci-fi action/thriller that raised the bar for all. And the political satire with a message thriller/drama “V for Vendetta,” which ok they’re not credited as director, but it was still their baby. These two can deliver when they want but I guess they want to just over impress us so much that it’s just overdone. I mean “The Matrix” sequels (“Matrix Reloaded” & “Matrix Revolutions”) were just eye rolling, blah, “Speed Racer” was an attempted kiddie flick that just made its target audience go, huh? Then let’s not forget their attempt at “indie” filmmaking, and I use that term loosely to describe “Cloud Atlas,” which I can respect the ambition but should have come with cliff notes because I got lost in just 10 minutes and needed a pause and rewind button just to follow who was who.
All in all the movie is like I said, visually stunning but that doesn’t excuse, boring characters and a plot/story that NOBODY can follow. Again, poor Wachowski siblings. And to think they needed a 175 million dollar budget to make people roll their eyes yet again in disbelief. The two of them better go back to the drawing board and try, oh please, please, please try to make something normal before it’s too late. Believe me, I still haven’t lost faith.
2 out of 5 stars
Written by Jason Greathouse