Written by Shiggins
I think we all knew this wasn't going to be a box office success. A movie starring puppets, for an adult audience, and released in August? Yeah, it wasn't going to be a huge hit, but hearing that this caused Melissa McCarthy's worst opening weekend and has had severely negative reviews was quite the surprise. After seeing the film, I can tell you that the response from audiences and critics alike is not entirely unwarranted.
|The funniest thing about this movie is that they were actually sued by Sesame Street.|
The film stars Bill Barretta as P.I Phil Philips, one of many puppets who live alongside humans in the city of Los Angeles, and was once the first ever puppet cop before an accident ruined his career for life, as well as set puppets back in the eyes of the public for years. When a string of puppet murders relating to a famous tv show from years ago, The Happytime Gang, starts occurring, he's forced to work together with his former partner Detective Conway Edwards, to find out who is killing all these puppets and why.
|A puppet with a gun? In my movie? It's more likely than you think!|
Unfortunately, that's where the impressive features end. Melissa McCarthy, bless her, is clearly trying her damn hardest to give out some sort of entertaining performance but it isn't happening with this script. I've seen how funny this woman can be with the right material, but none of these scenes are well-written or even executed with comedic timing to let her or her co-stars shine. And if you've ever seen Melissa McCarthy in a movie in the past 5 years, you know exactly what they've got her doing. Tons of physical comedy, mentions of genitalia, and dialogue that goes on far too long so the jokes they're trying to make are assuredly buried, while the audience lets out a groan and begs for the editor to stop slacking off.
|The anatomy of these puppets must be insane. I can only imagine being a doctor in this world.|
Usually, it's hard to explain exactly why a joke doesn't work. In the case of The Happytime Murders however, it's surprisingly easy. "The puppets are as vulgar as the humans." That is the basis of every joke in this film, and yet nothing is added to it. A puppet taking drugs. A puppet in a fight. Another puppet taking drugs. The gimmick of vulgar puppets was over before the second trailer aired, and the writing has no other cards to play once the cat is out of the bag. It's like if Doki Doki Literature Club had kept using that moment over and over again but with different characters and no other variety. If that's all you're going to do, it's going to get dull very quickly.
|Ha ha! It's funny because he's a puppet!|
As for the mystery and what the "plot twist" was... Well it isn't exactly Murder on the Orient Express or The Final Problem. It's not even worthy of comparison to Scooby Doo, although few things are I suppose.
Aside from the visuals of the puppets alone, this film is a bore. The potential was there for this to be a great cult classic, a spiritual successor to Peter Jackson's Meet the Feebles, or a reflection of today's society through the use of felt and wool. I'm not angry at the film. I'm just disappointed. And bored. Very bored.
Movie Rating: 4/10
Best Performance: Bill Baretta as Phil Philips.
Best Part: The puppets.
Worst Part: So much wasted potential.
|Just another day at the office.|
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