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[Review] – ‘Sausage Party’

 
 
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Release Date: 12 August 2016 [USA]
 
Director: Greg Tiernan - Conrad Vernon
 
Writer: Kyle Hunter - Ariel Shaffir - Seth Rogen - Evan Goldberg [Screenplay] - Seth Rogen - Evan Goldberg - Jonah Hill [Story]
 
Cast: Seth Rogen - Kristen Wiig - Jonah Hill
 
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Posted September 4, 2016 by

 
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Review:

I didn’t want to relish Sausage Party. When I heard Seth Rogen had posed the age-old question ‘what if food could talk?’ whilst high back almost a decade ago, the idea struck me as a potentially amusing short. When I found out the run time was 80 minutes, that’s when I decided the film was threatening to be a big missed steak.

The film is both too short and too long. Too short because, at 80 minutes, the pacing so rushed that you can literally feel the screenwriting beet for beet sheet being ticked off as they go along. This is mainly a problem in the beginning where writers Rogen and Goldberg world build with such forced exposition that the audience might often feel like they’re choking on their actual dinner, rather than watching it hop about in gleeful anthropomorphism on screen. If it weren’t a feature film, there wouldn’t be the necessity to follow this structure. It all settles down though as the thoughtful premise evens out mostly, which allowed me to clear my throat.

It’s too long because, as said, the story betters serves as a short. After we’ve all calmed ourselves down at the sight of gratuitous violence (admittedly horrifically) killing off these living foodstuffs across the kitchen table, Sausage Party threatens to become an episodic ‘let’s explore this part of the supermarket next’ Dora the Explorer-like trek. It masks this with the brilliantly inventive world logic created that suitably parodies our own, but the supermarket is only the big wide world for a humble little sausage. For us humans the fixed location can feel repetitive and restrictive, an issue that could have been fixed by simply spending less than 80 minutes there. After all, how often does your weekly shop take more than an hour?

It should come as no surprise that the whole thing is pretty hilarious given that Rogen and Goldberg have consistently proven themselves as an effective pear. Like I said, I didn’t want to enjoy Sausage Party’s juvenile, crass stoner humour and the shock factor of Rogen testing how many f-bombs he could drop per minute (or sometimes, even string in one sentence). Admittedly, it did get a little boring in the same way that saying any word too many times makes it meaningless, but there’s something about the over-the-top brutality and delirious profanity that forces you to drop your guard and just laugh. Thankfully, the flick comes with no lack of wit, extremely self aware of its own sloppy puns and often parodying direct story points from Toy Story and Ratatouille (look out for the ‘Dixar’ registration plate.) Frank, our protagonist, waltzes around like a semi-intelligent Charlie Sheen besmirching the good name of Disney by doing it all in his replica white Mickey gloves; tastily distasteful stuff.

But it’s the surprisingly sharp concept, in spite of the name, that lends Sausage Party it’s greatest strength. Rogen crafts a notably thoughtful comment on organized religion and plugging of atheism across the board. At a time when the world is as consumed in religious division as it ever has been, who’d have thought a movie called Sausage Party would be striving for some kind of parlay to the war, or more aptly, serving up a big middle finger to belief systems? Well, maybe you might suspect the latter; this is a Seth Rogen movie after all. This isn’t to say the plot is without its faults, with only mildly amusing tangents like the vengeful douche (get it, he’s the bad guy because he’s a douche?) proving to be a largely distracting weakness in the otherwise entertaining anti-road to Damascus epiphany that is Frank’s journey.

Ultimately what we have here is a great idea with middling execution; Sausage Party surprises more than it ever had to and for that it deserves some credit. However, like the indoctrinations the film seeks to liberate us from, look too deeply into the flick and you’re going to find big problems. Yet, as one of the most ridiculously vulgar finales produces a message of giving into your indulgences, I suppose I’ll get over my initial trepidation and bow to my gut laughs; Sausage Party is guiltily delicious, even if I probably wouldn’t pick it off the menu again.

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