'Aqua Teen' movie receives high reviews
April 20, 2007
The best part about going to a new epic movie on opening night is the atmosphere. All the punk-ass kids and the Adult Swim-loving college students attend with crude humor and a ruckus-causing agenda. "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters" is the ultimate party time for fans, stoners and death-metal elitists around the country.
The movie, written and directed by Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis, is about as random as the television show, which is aired on Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" programming for adults.
The kids will leave the theater saying, "Fuck sandals!"
The plot, which suitably gets lost in the tangents and other miscellaneous subplots, consists of The Aqua Teens (Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad) acquiring a sought after, supernatural exercise machine called the Insane-O-Flex, which has the potential to destroy the world. Nearly all of the show's characters make their appearance in the film and do so with a nostalgic comfort and absolute hilarity.
The Mooninites, who should be famous now for the stupidity of Boston residents exploiting January's marketing campaign for the film. The Plutonians strive for the Insane-O-Flex also and accompany the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past/Satan. The Cybernetic Ghost presents himself as evil as possible while providing the raunchy sex humor to robot/alien relations. Of course Carl, the neighbor of the rented shack of the Aqua Teens, is a necessity to the film.
The film contains so many of the silliest, most outlandish scenes and subplots, I simply cannot even remember half of them. Flashbacks are also popular in this film. Even the beginning is slightly nonsensical, using a delayed intro with the beloved intro song playing and the characters all representing their appropriate roles of the song lyrics: "Meatwad gets the honeys, G."
Though I enjoyed the experience of seeing a movie with such epic anticipation, the funniest parts came sparingly. The characters are all there and they all fit their show's personality, but the best ones have little onscreen action. Carl, my favorite ATHF character, is on the exercise machine for half of the film.
This movie has been the most difficult to review. It has been said that it is "critic-proof" because most critics have never seen the television show and/or cannot write about randomness. I stand by the theory that there are two types of people in the world: those who get the humor of ATHF and others who don't.
"Aqua Teen" is definitely for fans of the show. As a fan of "Adult Swim" before it was even called "Adult Swim" (I'm talking about "Space Ghost," kids), I was fortunate to enjoy and appreciate such a film. Overall, "Aqua Teen" will "make the homies say 'ho!' and the girlies wanna scream."
Teresa Aviles is a student at UW-River Falls.