Although is seems a bit much to review a "movie," made using a video game, Red vs. Blue simply impresses me. The mastermind behind RvB, Burnie Burns, really knew what he was doing, and the preformances given by both himself, and his crew, make for one absurd, but rewarding adventure, in Red vs. Blue Season 1.
The story is NOT that of any other comedy film, especially more recent ones, which are heavily cliched, and revolve around either people getting hit by stuff, or the misadventures of a young couple... Anyways, the story is relativly hard to follow, but also has a very smooth pace to it. You quickly figure out who is who, and how they differ greatly from each other, ultimatly taking out the idea of character development, and making room for the comedy the series is known for. The overall plot is simple, and the events that take place around it are the most amusing aspects of Red vs Blue. In conclusion, the story delivers, and does not disappoint, but is pretty basic, even for a comedy series that is really not meant to be taken seriously.
The is really not much that can be said about the visuals, since everything is acted out through a video game engine, Halo. You can't really say that the visuals are good, since Roosterteeth didn't develope them, nor can you say they're bad, simply because they aren't. However, the way they have the weapons lowered was an impressive addition that, up to that point, was almost unheard-of in the glorious art form that is Machinima. To add, the way that they cleverly added in different layers to the existing enginge, such as gravestones, or a wedding dress, was nothing short of impressive.
The execution was very well done, since, for the most part, all they had to work with was an Xbox controller. Because of this, the already well done camera work is made better by the fact that they were so limited. The dialogue given by the Roosterteeth team feels completly natural, and not exactly like acting. It's almost as if they were actually there, in Blood Gulch, living out those experiences. The head bobbing trick was very useful, and it seems that only RoosterTeeth have perfected it.
There isn't much to say about Red vs. Blue, it is widley considered one of the best Machinimas out there, and probably is. There are some minor flaws, but the pros most certainly outweigh the cons, making Red vs. Blue a high reccomendation to any fan of raw humor. There are no puns that can be mentioned, and the comedy seems to revolve around the utter stupidity of the marvelous of characters. I find it ironic that one of the best comedy films out there is technically not film, persay. Nevertheless, Red vs. Blue is more than movie quality, and definatly feels like someting you would go and watch in a movie theater.
+ Original humor (Doesn't rely heavily on slapstick or puns)
+ Simple, easy-to-follow story
+ Unique characters
+ Dialogue feels natural
- Sound quality could be better
Final Score: 87/100