Monday, August 15, 2016

Sausage Party Review

Sausage Party Review
"Sausage Party" is many things, but one thing it isn't is for children. There are big signs at every theater in town at the ticket booths stating that "Sausage Party" is rated R. This is a movie that is a hard, hard R. I mean, there is a food orgy for crying out loud. Yes, a sexual orgy involving food. Pretty crazy, huh? "Sausage Party" is not the movie the commercials are selling us, not quite. The entire movie revolves around a sausage named Frank (Seth Rogen) meeting up with his girlfriend Brenda Bun (Kristen Wiig) so that they can have sex for the first time. That's the big adventure of the film, so just in case you didn't know, DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO THIS.

With that said, holy moly what a hilarious movie!

" Sausage Party" is a big bag of crazy. Its as raunchy a comedy as you'd expect from the minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who have collaborated on an entire host of comedies. Its proof that animation isn't something that's just for children. Animation is merely expression. A filmmaker can use it anyway they choose, and I give Rogen and Goldberg mad credit for making the movie they wanted to make with animation. The animation itself is lush and beautiful, just as you'd expect from something like Pixar or Dreamworks. "Sausage Party" is clever in the way that it parodies all the tropes followed by most kids animated movies, but gives them all a comedic adult edge. If Walt Disney was a warped individual, he would have made something like "Sausage Party."

But "Sausage Party" is so much more than clever humor and animation. Seth Rogen actually crafted a social commentary. Yep, its true. He has made a social commentary about food that want to fuck each other. Who would have thought. "Sausage Party" is about respecting everybody else's beliefs, whether they be religious or political or what have you. Its a movie about if we found out that we don't have all the answers, but its okay not to have all the answers, just as long as we are all happy. Its also a movie that understands that the basis of our beliefs (from a religious stand-point) are most likely made-up anyway, so it we should have the freedom to be who we want to be and love who we want to love. Some beliefs may divide us, but we have to come together, especially for a greater good to stop a common evil. The film manages to have intelligent things to say about faith vs. proof without coming off as insulting. Not bad for a film where food wants to have sex with each other, where food smokes weed and were food kills humans.

You see, food has been arriving in packaging to grocery stores. The food lives in the grocery store for an uncertain amount of time, waiting for the "gods" (humans) to pick them up and bring them to the "Great Beyond." The food sees this as a time of freedom where  they will be out of their packages, and for Frank and Brenda, they can finally turn in their V-cards. But when the food finds out that the humans just plan to cook them and eat them, things turn bad. But Frank and Brenda aren't at the house. They fell out of the cart after the human accidentally ran into the other cart. Most of the movie takes place inside the grocery store, and we learn the clever dynamic of the foods in the grocery store. Frank and Brenda want to find their human, or at least get back into another package to make it to the Great Beyond. All the while Frank and Brenda are being chased by a Douche. No, not like a bad character, an actual Douche. He's voiced by Nick Kroll and he thinks its Frank's fault he fell out of the cart. He's loosing his fluid so he has to "juice up" in order to function.

There is other great voice talent by Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Micheal Cera. Salma Hayek voices a Taco Shell, and has some memorable scenes. One of the best characters is Sammy Bagel Jr, a bagel voiced by Edward Norton. You'll never know its Norton until the very end of the movie. His voice talent is off-the-charts good and you'll feel like you are experiencing a revelation. With equally fantastic animation, "Sausage Party" has a lot to recommend it upon. But what pushes the movie from good to great is how eloquently the film mimics the norms of a standard kids animation movie. It really reminds me of when Mel Brooks made "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles." Brooks absorbed so much when it came to Universal horror and Western that those movies went beyond parody. "Sausage Party" does the exact same thing. Plus, the social commentary is shockingly accurate.


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