Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Review: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

The animated film Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters has nothing to do with water, adolescents or the ways of the Jedi but it does zoom in on the animated antics of Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad who unite to find the origin of a mysterious piece of exercise equipment that threatens to "change the world as they know it...a world you can't imagine starring Chow Yun Fat". Done up in the same spirit of the PR stunt that ignited that Homeland Security hubbub in Boston a few weeks ago, this film, the brainchild of Dave Wilis and Matt Maiellaro, the creators of the original Adult Swim TV series, start fucking with the audience straightaway which warrants a few words of advice.

If you walk into the theater unprepared for the storyline cul de sacs and dead end alleyways that are surely inside jokes, you won't get it but if you do the inverse of thinking on your feet (laughing while sitting on your ass) you'll be okay....there are a few "did-they-have-to-go-there moments but you quickly learn to forgive and forget because something as equally funny as it is offensive pops up and you're sucked back into the directors' fray...they don't care about any of that shit, they're aiming for coverage as they pepper the viewer with a gatling-gun barrage of off-color jokes, gag-reflex humor and blood-splatters, still, a few of the mysteries that those who don't watch the TV show my not know the answers to get covered.

Learn: the ridiculous reason that the three were brought together in the first place...what Frylock's original dream was "as you feel the embrace of Satan's hoof against your face". See Aqua Teen Hunger Force regulars like Carl, the next-door neighbor, the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past, Dr. Weird, the spaced out home invaders Ignignokt and Err, the Plutonian foils from outer space that are the Oglethorpe (who is orange and with an Austrian accent for whatever reason) and his green partner in crime, Emory-- and the musical connection? Neil Peart of Rush has a small vocal part in the film....

South Park fans will love this film, so go see it if you are "because I'm your doctor, do what I say". (click the header for the link to trailers, etc.) Rated R and clocking in at 79 minutes running time, Willis and Maiellaro just barely manage to slip out with an end which occurs just as the silliness implodes-- a nice trick if you can manage to pull it off. Rated R, for profanity and a grip of sexual ennui, this film is certainly not for the kiddies.

At points ATHFCFFT borders on Mystery Science Theater 3,000 with all the inside jokiness that newcomers might find a trifle overbearing and comes off as TMI, initially (there's a nod to Space Ghost , Power Puff Girls and other popular Adult Swim Toons) but if you're able to let yourself go, eschew any thoughts of finding a hidden plotline and roll with it, you'll enjoy this smorgasboard of shamelessness...but maybe you won't. I give it a B-.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Film for Theaters opens nationally on Friday the 13th...

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