Thursday, 11 May 2006

America, F- Yeah !

Team America : World Police is irreverent, funny, crude and as politically incorrect as you can get. Not surprising then that it comes from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The hokey marionette setting (a la Thunderbirds) is a part of the gag of this giant piss-take but (unlike many American comedies) is not dwelt on for a laugh – its allowed just to be as part of the humour. Team America is a collection of trigger happy, gun toting, white skinned secret police financed by the American government to blow up as many terrorists as they can. Never mind that in the process they completely destroy the Eiffel Tower and Louvre in Paris or the pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo.
The soundtrack adds to the humour with many original songs (the Team’s theme song is “America, Fuck Yeah !”) offering up as many laughs as the genre send-ups, filmic send-ups (eg, Han Solo’s bar scene in Star Wars) as well as the gross-out elements for which South Park is famous (the continuous vomit sequence or the karma sutra according to puppets sequence).
The send up of Kim Jong Il is probably the highlight for me and with Parker and Stone doing most of the voices, if you’re familiar with South Park then you will probably sit through this and say, “hey, that’s Cartman’s voice!” While by the last third I had had enough of the low grade aspects this still surpassed my expectations and was very funny in places.

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