Sausage Party - This Movie Rocks, But Could Rock Better
Dir: Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon
Starring Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Micheal Cera, the increasingly weird James Franco, Danny McBride, Paul Rudd, Edward Norton
Sausage Party is Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg’s hark back to the likes of Fritz The Cat and all things Ralph Bakshi (in that it’s very much a hard R cartoon), by way of Toy Story (animating the - presumed - inanimate), with a nod to South Park and Team America (check out the final on the shelves food orgy.)
It’s the story of anthropomorphised produce, “living” in a supermarket and wondering – even as humans do – about the great beyond. And facing up to the fact that there may not be all that much there. (Bar being eaten, of course.)
Only it’s not really all that existential, beyond a superficial level. It’s both a sausage party and a gag fest, in which said sausages seek out buns to fill, and the jokes take their tone from there.
It’s often very funny, most of the gags hit. But there’s also a nagging feeling of it not being as funny as it could be, as if the gags are pitched at only one or two levels – the bawdy and the druggie – which is a shame, because as good as it is, it often feels like it could try harder.
(Though its totally meta ending suggests there could be more…and possibly more interesting, to come.)
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