Friday, July 29, 2011

Second Age Reviews: South Park, Bigger Longer and Uncut

I'm gonna keep this one short, because a review of the South Park movie is ultimately pointless. Now entering it's 18th season, with it's characters and their universe as well recognized as Homer Simpsons or Lucille Ball, there's very little to say on the subject. It's odd then, to note, that when the movie came out it wasn't anything like this. The show was on the verge of cancellation, Comedy Central itself on the verge of collapse, and the movie was essentially seen as a last ditch effort to save the suffering show.

It worked, as the movie acted as a revelation, teaching an entire generation 'Oh, THIS is what these characters and their universe can be.' It was a huge hit, and even managed to drag in the awards (no seriously. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for 'Blame Canada.' I always liked 'What Would Brian Boitano Do?' more, but that's me.

The story is devoted to the 4 boys of South Park, who begin cursing a blue streak after seeing a Canadian comedy film at their local theater. Soon their parents are beginning an anti-cursing and eventually anti-Canada crusade.

While most movies of TV shows take the opportunity to be darker, edgier or just plain more adult, South Park doesn't. Indeed compared to some of the more recent episodes of the show, the movie seems almost gentle. South Park after all has always prided itself on it's extreme edginess, so rampant swearing, sex, violence and racist jokes are par for the course.

What many of you, who aren't familiar with it, might be surprised to find out, is South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut is actually a musical in the disney mold, albeit a billion times more dirty. Since the duo behind it just wrote a proper broadway musical (The Book of Mormon and good GOD are tickets impossible to find) this may come as less of a shock as it used to, but the songs are actually really well written and funny.

Look, as I said at the beginning, a review of this movie is ultimately moot because everyone who wants to see it has, and nothing I can say will change people who don't minds. But even as, at best, a mild fan of the TV show, the movie is genuinely funny and well made if you overlook the animation, which long ago became a style rather than a budget requirement. So if you're a fan of the show and have managed to overlook the movie, give it a look. Next one will be longer, promise.

Next time on Second Age Reviews: Rabid

Elessar is a 21 year old Alaskan born cinephile and he'd like to congratulate himself at still knowing all the lyrics to What Would Brian Boitano Do after all these years.

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