In this musical satire, an all-marionette police force takes on the challenging role of keeping the peace on a troubled planet.
Director: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Kristen Miller, Daran Norris, Phil Hendrie, Masasa Moyo, Maurice LaMarche, Chelsea Magritte, Jeremy Shada, Fred Tatasciore
Information Page: https://uk.newonnetflix.info/info/70011195
Where do I start with the review for ‘Team America: World Police’? Do I start by saying that you will see puppets have sex and see another puppet vomit? Do I start with saying that you will see and hear some slightly racist/stereotypical references and that this film isn’t for you if you are easily offended? Or shall I just ease you in gently?
‘Team America: World Police’ is written by the team behind South Park so you know from the off what type of film you will be watching, and as it uses many of the same voice artists you will find yourself saying ‘oh that’s the voice of Cartman’ etc.
The film follows the team as they try to fight off the terrorists of the Middle East and try to stop them getting their hands on Weapons of Mass Destruction. While fighting the terrorists the team face personal problems and differences between each other, as well as striving to overcome losses. The team also face backlash from celebrities (similar to what the real War on Terror faced 11 years ago), leading to a surprising end of the film. During the film there are lots of scenes of violence, using weapons, explosions and fist fighting.
‘Team America: World Police’ uses a lot of stereotypical references towards the terrorists that some people might find racist or offensive but they are equally as stereotypical towards the Americans which means that this film doesn’t feel like an attack on the people of the Middle East, but rather a satirical look at how Americans viewed the world 11 years ago in the years following 9/11 under the Presidency of George. W. Bush.
As far as the puppetry goes think classic Thunderbirds, they make no effort to hide the strings and the puppets do the funny puppet walk, but this all adds to the humour of the film. In keeping with the feel and style of the film the soundtrack is also very humorous and also contains both swearing and sexual references as well as calling into question both how good an actor Ben Affleck is and how bad a film Pearl Harbour was.
So who should watch this film? Well anyone with a great sense of humour who doesn’t mind scenes of violence, swearing, sexual references or mild stereotypical references. If that’s you then go watch it, if any of those things will offend you, even if its carried out by puppets, then don’t watch ‘Team America: World Police’, its as simple as that!
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