Tuesday, November 11, 2008

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut; Animated black comedy, USA, 1999; D: Trey Parker, S: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, Isaac Hayes, George Clooney, Eric Idle, Mike Judge

The oddball kids from South Park; Kenny, Stan, Cartman and Kyle, go to the cinemas to watch the Canadian film "Asses of Fire" starring Terrance and Phillip, which is evidently filled with swearing. 3 hours later, the four of them start swearing non-stop in school, so they end up in the counselor's office. Their mothers start a protest, and then even a war against Canada, during which many American actor die. Kenny dies also, while Kyle, Stan and Cartman release Terrance and Phillip, but they die anyway thanks to one of the angry mothers, releasing Satan and Saddam Hussein with their blood. Cartman though manages to kill Saddam while the Kenny's ghost wishes for everything to go back to normal.

The "South Park" movie ended up surprisingly pale and indifferent, so much in fact that even the original series from which it originated could have made a mockery out of it. The authors Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it seems, didn't save much good jokes for the movie so they anguish themselves by forcefully filling in the feature running time with too much boring musical scenes. What's so funny when one character suddenly starts singing as in a musical? That's just it - nothing. It's too bad that the authors only used the liberation from TV censorship to fill the movie with swearing every minute. What's so funny when one character swears? That's just it - nothing. Do they think it's something terribly original, we don't know. But movies also have one universal taboo word: "boredom". If the characters said a funny joke every minute instead of curses and lyrics, the movie could have been really as good as some claim it is. They can be controversial and all, yet at least they could have made up a few more of such funny subversive gags like when Mr. Garrison says: "...I'm Sorry Wendy, but I don't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die" or when Brooke Shields randomly admits: "I once farted on the set of 'Blue Lagoon'". Sadly, most of the novelty of the story is just reduced to Kenny showing his face for the first time and adjusting the paper-cut animation. The "South Park" show was uneven, but it was still 10 times funnier than this.


No comments: