Friday, March 17, 2017

Sausage Party

Sausage Party

Think of this movie as a twisted version of Toy Story and Wreck it Raph. When I say twisted, it is really twisted. Sausage Party is a funny movie that has a lot of interesting things to say under all its racy movie. Despite some flaws, it's rude and crude, but there is a lot to like about it. I found myself truly enjoying the movie on a different level. I went into the movie thinking I would see just a raunchy movie, but came out with a movie with a deeper meaning. Well done, Seth Rogen Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill.
The voice cast is outstanding. Pretty much most of the Rogen/Judd Apatow crew shows up as various food characters. ( Michael Cera James Franco Jonah Hill Danny McBride Craig Robinson Paul Rudd )
In this world, food products are actually alive, but the human world doesn't isn't aware of that fact. These products live in a supermarket where they hope to go to “Heaven” after they're chosen by the gods (humans). One Sausage (Seth Rogen) discovers that their world isn't what they were led to believe.
Does the movie promote stereotypes? Yes, the movie plays with a lot of racial stereotypes, but it handles them extremely well. You see the movie is in a world where all the types of food products take on the cultural and racial stereotypes of that area they're made in...sometimes (Teresa del Taco,). In other examples, they food products take on the characteristics of the brand mascot such as Chief Firewater.
For a movie that has dick and poop jokes, it also handles the Middle Eastern issues masterfully written between a Lavash and a Bagel. These two are stand-ins for Arab and Jewish people and the overall subplot with them parodying the Middle East political relations. They're relationship takes a different turn in the last few minutes of the movie I'd say.
The religious undertones are there and it clearly has a an atheist slant to it. I am not sure the Rogen stoner fans are going to catch all the religious things in the movie. And, I like how the movie doesn't shove it down our throats. It wraps it in a silly movie about talking food that want to f' each others brains out. I love how their world comes crashing down when the truth about their gods comes to light.
Part of the food product's religious beliefs is the entire store sings a song about their gods. However, the song has changed over the years because each product added their own beliefs into the song...just like in real religions. (By the way, this song was written by a Disney composer!)
There are three major issues with the movie...
1 The animation is that great: However, this isn't Dreamworks or Pixar. It is worth noting that the animation designs are that great and I've seen better animated characters on both PS4 and XBOX One. It does hurt the movie a bit, but they had to keep the cost down given it is an R-Rated movie.
2 Do we need Seth Rogen throwing in weed jokes in every movie? I am not a weed smoker, so weed humor. Bath Salts play a huge role in the movie, so why include weed stuff too?
3 The pacing is a bit off: Toward the middle act, it does fall appart. It gets back on track in the third act.
Sausage Party is crude and crazy, but there are some funny and clever things going on behind the gore and sex. This is a smart yet twisted love letter to Pixar from Seth Rogen and company. For the most part, this movie is entertaining and fun with a smart script. This is not for kids. I can't believe I like this twisted little movie.

Grade: B+

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