Team America: World Police Reviews
If Matt and Trey know how to do one thing, it's make genius satire. And that is exactly what this movie is. I've already given the title of my favourite satire ever to 'South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut' but this movie definitely comes close. I recommend you watch the opening sequence of this movie. Like what you see? Carry on, treat yourself. If not then you won't like the rest of the film. I don't know what more I can say about the movie. Go try and see it. You might enjoy yourself.
That said, I may as well comment on the various other aspects of it. The story for this movie is pure brilliance. I cannot flaw the spectacular satire at all and it is truly remarkable. Every line of dialogue is taking the mick and the movie relishes in that. It knows exactly what it is and takes it in full stride. If you want to watch this movie for a pure, unfiltered raunchy laugh - you'll get what you payed for. If you wanna analyse the nitty-gritty and discover hidden meaning - you'll get what you payed for. The script is so open and so brilliant that I cannot congratulate Parker and Stone any more for their spectacular ability to write.
Each character in this movie is memorable. That is yet another strength of the dynamic duo. They all have distinguished personalities that also fall into the American stereotype. It's brilliant! The villains represent everything America hates and that is also genius. Nothing in this movie is wasted, it all means something and that is the reason it deserved all the acclaim it gets.
People complain about the animation style but I love it. It's fun, it's goofy and they precautions in creating immersion but that is what makes it great. I've used the word brilliant a lot already but I don't think I'm being too kind. Parker and Stone know exactly how to use animation for comedy and they perfected it again here.
This movie is funny, it's got great satire, it's interesting, the character's are great, the animation style is unique - it's great. Please, watch at least the first 10 minutes. If you laugh or smile even once, finish the film. If not, don't finish it. Chances are that you'll hate it and then go onto complain about it. I recommend this movie, and will rate it a patriotic 8 MERICAS out of 10.
Side Note - I watched this movie on the 4th of July by complete accident. This is the perfect example of the stars aligning to bring joy to the world.
'Team America' succeeds with a funny script and equally funny characters. It may not be perfect, but it's got enough laughs to make it worth your time.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone have completely mastered this kind of satire. This go around, the South Park creating duo tackle big budget action blockbuster movies and right-wing politics and foreign policy (with heavy emphasis on the W. Bush campaign), and it's just as humorous as you'd expect. Characters bicker about their love triangles amidst giant action setpieces, casually blow up landmarks, and even engage in musical numbers. The puppetry lends to a lot of humor on its own, as the characters are awkwardly paraded around their locations in the silliest way possible; the scenes where two characters have to fight are even better. Some of the jokes start to wear thin and ride the line of juvenility: as funny as the celebrity cameos are (MATT DAMON!), the Film Actors Guild joke (think about it) isn't quite as funny as it should be. For the most part though, all of these jokes work well, and are likely to get audible laughter out of its target demographic.
It's a dumb film in the best way possible. If you're looking for raunchy satire and lots of laughs, look no further. Parker and Stone have delivered yet again.