Matt Stone and Trey Parker return to the big screen with their fourth feature film. Now, after South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut they turn their creative skills to a genre that is woefully neglected....the puppet movie.
Taking their lead from a certain Gerry Anderson television series, Team America is the story of how one group of people try to save the earth from terrorism. The movie starts with the team taking on suspicious looking Middle Eastern gentlemen in Paris. Doing so, Paris ends up looking like a war zone. When one of the team is killed, their leader is forced to recruit Gary, a Broadway actor into the fold. At the same time, ruthless dictator Kim Jong II from North Korea is plotting to take over the world with the help of some rather familiar Hollywood actors. Of course, none of these actors endorsed the movie as Messrs Parker and Stone ruthlessly mock them and their anti-war stance. Even Michael (Fahrenheit 9/11) Moore isn't safe and is blown to pieces.
The production values are completely faultless with some brilliant model work especially in the opening Paris scenes. The puppets do have their strings showing (that's the point) and walk extremely strangely. This all adds to the charm of the film.
Of course coming from the creators of Eric Cartman and Mr Hanky, the humour is very near the knuckle and is guaranteed to offend some people. What a lot of people don't realise is this film and South Park before it, is that you are watching some very clever satire. Whatever your opinion about the war against terror, this isn't the place to discuss it, what you can discuss is that this is a very, very funny film.
Stand out moments from the film include the puppet sex scene which upset the MPAA in America and the brilliant theme tune 'America, F**k yeah!!'. The humour is at times one minute sophisticated (as I mentioned above) and the offensive 'You in the robes, drop the weapon of mass destruction!!' What is also fun is that a majority of the voices in the film are done by Parker and Stone. So try and listen out for familiar South Park voices....I am sure I heard Mr. Garrison in there.
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