on June 30, 2005
Being somewhat of a fan of puppets and puppet shows especially marrionettes, I was really curious to see what the southpark guys would do with this movie and already had expectations of its being fairly entertaining. Well I wasn't dissapointed.
I laughed histerically throughout the whole thing. Imagine Mel Brooks meets Howard Stern making fun of American military patriotism, terrorists, celebrity and Hollywood all at the same time, but doing it with the naturally ridiculous body language of puppets on a string.
This movie is intelligent in it's satirical portrayal of worldly and everyday events. I was crying I was laughing so hard at times. The puppeteering is brilliant and the characters are perfectly stereotyped.
If you have a problem with swearing, some adult like portrayel of puppets or Don Rickles type humour and don't care to pay attention to detail when watching a movie, then this may not be for you otherwise I highly recommend it!!
on July 18, 2005
Best Puppet film ever! Most would find no humour in it because well, they have no humor what so ever! Great peice of work! It should get a oscar! The jokes are well done, the facial features are hilarious, the voice overs are just too grand. Music is well done aswell. I must say, if you are a fan of South Park or any other film by Matt Stone and Trey Parker you'll drool all over this one!
I was slightly disappointed the first time I saw this film - probably because I was so hyped up about it, having heard so many people talk about how hilarious it was. My second time through it, though, everything clicked. Team America: World Police is juvenile and disgusting, yet sharply pointed satire that goes out of its way to be offensive - in other words, it's hilarious, and yet more proof of Trey Parker's genius. Parker and Stone do things no one else would ever dream of doing - or even be allowed to do. It's a film I know I know I will enjoy watching time and time again for years to come.
Hilarity aside, the audacity of making such an elaborate film using puppets is almost mind-boggling. Parker and Stone probably had little idea of what they were getting into, yet they stayed the course, brought together a tremendous team of individuals who, as the special features make obvious, relished the chance to take the art of puppetry to new heights, and created something that is really quite amazing. It's uncanny how life-like these puppets are - I daresay Alec Baldwin, for example, is much more wooden in real life than is his puppet in this film. These aren't just wooden characters dangling on strings; each puppet's head is filled with animatronics that control his/her expressions with uncanny precision. The puppet fights are hilarious, but nothing's funnier than watching Gary give "the signal" as his first mission with the elite American fighting force goes south.
As with everything Parker and Stone do, there's actually a point behind all of the humor. Though their detractors would never admit it, these guys actually do have a handle on what is going on in the world - and within America. If you've ever seen South Park, you know how quickly they manage to exploit the big issues of the day. No one is safe from these guys' political humor, but the Left does tend to suffer the brunt of the satirical attack in this film. (Those who say Parker and Stone are suddenly outright conservatives have obviously forgotten their short-lived series That's My Bush - which was the only unfunny thing they've ever done.) Team America itself takes America's military might to obvious extremes, as when they pretty much destroy Paris in order to stop WMD-toting terrorists (of course, no one seems to consider the fact that the terrorists would have destroyed Paris to an even greater extent themselves had their plan succeeded). Alec Baldwin's ilk, though, suffers most because they have two Stone/Parker targets on their back. One, they are soporific liberals who would stop terrorism by sympathizing with the enemy and commiserating with their extreme anti-American views over tea and crumpets; two, they are actors and I think Parker and Stone really mean it when they say they hate actors - it's one of the reasons they chose to make this movie with puppets (plus, one of the original inspirations for the project was the idea of doing a parody of today's action films).
I don't think I need to describe the movie, really. Kim Jong-Il (even though he does sound a little too much like Eric Cartman, at times) is a great character, of course, but you probably know all about the film's story by now. It is true that Parker and Stone push the envelope (actually, they just tear it all apart and rush right on past it) at times - especially in the puppet love scene and the vomiting scene - probably just to prove how much they can get away with, but you just have to expect that sort of thing from these guys. It's one of the things that makes them Parker and Stone. Let's not forget the songs, either. From the heart-pumping theme song to Kim Jung-Il's loneliness lament, Team America World Police features a great soundtrack (be sure to go all the way through the final credits in order to hear a final little snippet from Kim Jung-Il).
If you're easily offended, you'll probably be holding your nose higher and higher as you watch this film (even while those around you are bent over holding their stomachs with laughter) - but that's okay because the rest of us need someone to hold our popcorn while we struggle to regain our breath.
on December 12, 2008
Team America: World Police is everything this past summer's Thunderbirds should have been: an entertaining action-adventure set in a world populated by marionettes.
Written and produced by the creative team behind South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it comes as no surprise that the script is full of foul language, bloody violence and graphic sex -- the latter sequence is the most original and hilarious of the year. There are also a handful of songs with offensive lyrics, and the film skewers notable Hollywood activists/celebrities (none of whom lent their voices), who look eerily like their real-life counterparts.
After Team America inadvertently destroys several of the world's most renowned monuments while hunting down terrorists, a public backlash ensues. The protesters are led by members of the Film Actors Guild (F.A.G.), including Alec Baldwin, Tim Robbins and Michael Moore. The outspoken actors are then invited to attend the World Peace Conference by Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, who has staged the event as a distraction to massive attacks around the globe. The gung-ho team must therefore save the planet and redeem themselves.
Parodying several blockbusters from the last decade, there are numerous explosions and an amusing disaster sequence. This adds to the fun, as the marionettes cavort about the elaborate sets in ways only Parker and Stone could imagine. Team America: World Police is pure delight. Rating: 7 out of 10.
on April 13, 2012
I watched this at a friend's house and was laughing so hard all the way through. I have ordered my own copy because it is a movie I will want to watch again and again. Yes, it is lewd and crude and so over the top as it skewers everybody and everything....but that excessiveness is kind of the point...and a big part of the satire (scenes are pushed to the outer boundary to underscore the ridiculous i.e. Sex scene, violence, power puking). I loved it but this isn't for everyone....just us cynics with a sick sense of humour
on October 29, 2015
Honestly I was hoping the transfer would look better on bluray. the saturation seems off, and it's only for this bluray,
considering I've used the same settings for all of my other blurays. regardless, I'm glad it's in my collection, been waiting
a while for this one.