Sunday, 4 September 2016

'Sausage Party' Review

'Sausage Party' shocked people worldwide as a seemingly harmless animated movie about foods turned into a Rated R, profanity filled adult comedy. The trailer gained mass attention due to this and soon became the hottest comedy of the year. Sometimes the hype can really hurt a film but 'Sausage Party' delivers, bringing more than the trailer promised it would.

It's almost the Fourth of July and that means that many people will preparing for BBQ's all over the country. However inside the supermarkets, the foods think they are going to a 'great beyond'. Frank the sausage (Seth Rogen) discovers the unsettling truth that they are sold to become a part of a meal. With the help from his bun girlfriend Brenda (Kristen Wiig) and Sammy Bagel Jr (Edward Norton), they will look for a way to warn the others and stop the humans from feasting on them.

A constant problem in Hollywood surrounding trailers, especially with comedies, is that they show all the best bits and laughs. 'Sausage Party' clearly made a huge impact with its foul-mouthed teaser that showcased a sweet animation style with a very twisted humour to it. There were great moments showcased in the trailer but I'm very happy to say that 'Sausage Party' have plenty of firepower to back up the taster that we got. There are so many great laughs and also features a moment referencing one of my favourite movies of all time which is one of my favourite movie moments this year. I won't spoil it for you as it is truly great and unexpected.

It's very safe to say that this movie most definitely won't be for everyone. Personally, I can't imagine the likes of my parents watching this and thinking it was any good. The film is filled to the brim with crude humour as jokes about/surrounding sex and drugs is the main topic a lot of the time. Due to this, I can see why people may be off put by it as it can get quite old at times. It does beat you over the head with the jokes about the same things which does hurt the film as you get the point but it continues to use the same material in every scene. The runtime of 99 minutes definitely helps as if it were any longer, you may have felt jokes become really repetitive and start to get sick of them.

There is a bit of a problem at time with the humour at times as it doesn't seem that creative. At times, it really is just vulgar for the sake of it and makes a whole lot of references to the way certain foods look. There are so many horrible puns throughout the movie that are terrible and you will get sick of them. It doesn't really work that well at any stage so it becomes very repetitive and seems very lazy after they do it for the 6th time. This disappointed me as it let down the comedy in the film as it wasn't as consistent the whole way through.

It was also shown that the film would go all out, not holding back at any times. This is most apparent in the final act where the last half n hour or so goes completely nuts. You won't see a more crazy ending to a film this year, I guarantee that to you. You won't believe your eyes as these cute characters go all out in one of the most shocking scenes I have ever seen.

 This was one of the big selling points as there wasn't anything quite like this with animation. When you think of animated movies, you are drawn to think of Disney and Pixar. You mainly think of children or family orientated movies but 'Sausage Party' has opened the door for more adult comedies within the world of animation. Seth Rogen has even expressed that he would like to explore this further and if his next project is as good as 'Sausage Party', then I am all for it.

Despite all of the focus being on the comedy aspects of the film, 'Sausage Party' surprisingly does very well commenting on problems in the real world. The film shocked me with how well it handled the likes of how we look at the likes of religion nowadays and how we're so rude to each other depending on our beliefs. It's actually quite an integral part of the story as we see Frank fail due to how he handles telling people the truth about what they thought was real. He is disrespectful and if you go on the web, you will probably see similar things as people are insulting those with different beliefs. The same thing happens with the characters who seem to be of different race. Although the characters are stereotyped for humour, the foods each carry negative stereotypes about each other that unfortunately exist in the real world. When seeing the marketing for this movie, I never expected something like this and is a key aspect of the film that works incredibly well.

Overall, I was impressed with 'Sausage Party'. There are many great moments that will bring you a lot of laughs throughout the runtime. There is an inconsistency though with parts of the comedy not working well at all which really hinders the overall quality of the film. The commentary on the likes of religion is fantastic and was unexpected adding a great layer to the film. One of the best comedies of the year nonetheless with a totally insane final act.

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So have you seen 'Sausage Party'? If so what did you think of it? I hope that this review was useful for if you were planning on seeing the movie! Once again, thank you for taking the time to read my review, it is much appreciated!

By Angus McGregor