Team America: World Police (2004)

DailyView: Day 66, Movie 112

The Fourth of July is almost upon us and I will be doing some “All-American” films for the DailyView, starting tonight with the parody/spoof Team America, from the minds of the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

The movie features an animation using puppets/marionettes for the characters. It is one of the most original looking movies I have eve seen. The strings to the puppets are visible the whole time and they move in the oddest ways. It was a fascinating visual to watch.

However, I am not sure this is my form of humor. In fact, a great deal of what was done here leaned toward humor that may not be appropriate for the current world. It seems that it could even be considered racist. Again, perhaps the fact that they are parodying the terrorists, the North Koreans, the liberal actors makes this okay, but there did not seem to be much more humor than that.

Team America fights terrorists across the globe and they do so no matter what. The opening scene found Team America confronting Muslim terrorists in Paris and this led to the destruction of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre as Team America is ignorant of their surroundings.

This story features the recruitment of an actor named Gary (Trey Parker) to pull off an undercover job among the terrorist to discover who is behind the WMD attack discovered by I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E., their computer.

The film is really savage, but, to be honest, it is savage to everyone. Nobody looks good and they all fit in with the monologue given by Gary at the end of the movie.

I realized something tonight, too. I have always hated puke scenes, and now I know it does not matter if it is a real actor puking or a puppet doing it… I don’t like it.

There were funny moments, full cringe moments, stupid moments, crude moments. It is very much like an action movie with South Park characters.

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