Welcome movie fans to the next edition of the "World of Myth" movie
reviews. This is Moviegoer Grim and there are a few movies I want to
cover, so lets get started.
First of all, there is, "Team America World Police", which comes from the
wacky creators of "South Park". The plot of this story is; evil
terrorists are making plans to destroy the world as we know it and a
group of trigger-happy, city destroying, I.Q. less than two 'Heroes' must
save the world.
Now, I'm trying to be fair to this film and after all, I did sit through
the whole thing, but this movie was horrible! This flick was so bad it
made "Kung Pow" look Oscar worthy. So, what was SO bad about this movie,
you ask? For one thing, there was too much swearing and we mean WAY too
much. There was swearing in the background music for Pete Sakes! You
would think Stone and Parker (the writers, directors, creators, etc.)
would have learned about the over-usage of profanity after the public
reaction to "South Park The Movie". Believe it or not, "Team America"
makes "South Park" look like a sunday school film. And then there were
the gay jokes, which were way overdone. One could possibly put over that
type of joke once or twice, but over and over? It gets tiresome and
loses its effect, not to mention that it may become overly offensive to
And speaking of overly offensive was the way they portrayed real life
actors like Alec Baldwin, Helen Hunt and Matt Damon (to name but a few)
to be right-winged, blood-sucking terrorists, who are eventually killed
in a brutal showdown with Team America.
So, for "Team America", I give it four out of five Hangman's Nooses,
because it was a god-awful movie and if you go see it, you'll end up
wanting to kill yourself.
The next movie on my Hit List is, "The Grudge", written and directed by
the creator of "The Ring". In this flick, we find Susan (Sara Michelle
Gellar) as an American caretaker in Japan, trying to find out the truth
behind a number of mysterious deaths that occur after people enter a
cursed house. This movie reminded me of "The Ring" and it did have some
good parts that would make you jump out of your seat. For the most part,
I did enjoy this movie.
Its main problem, I believe, results from 'culture clash'. Director
Takashi Shimizu is able to envision great tales of epic horror. For
example, he created "Ringu", which was a great hit in Japan. He then
brought in an American screenwriter to adapt his concept to Western
ideology and thus the movie, "The Ring" was a great hit. This time
around, in "The Grudge", he himself rewrote the script (that's why nearly
a third of the movie is in Japanese), and he was unable to connect with
Western moviegoers in this film simply because it was not translated well
into the American way of storytelling.
So, all things considered, "The Grudge" receives a mere two howls of
And last but definitely not least, we look at "Saw". Or, I could say
that we saw "Saw" or that I went out to see "Saw". Either way, the
general plot of this film is that two people are held captive and must
figure out a way to escape before their end comes. I did enjoy this
movie--very much, in fact. I must admit that I was grumbling at the very
beginning of the film, because it was very slow and choppy, but once the
movie picked up momentum, it was off and running.
It held me through every twist and turn, right up until the very shocking
ending. This movie was very well done and I have no other choice but to
give it two and a half howls of pleasure.
Well, that's it from me, this month. Remember, the best opinion is your
own, so go out there and review the movies I've covered and then let me
know your thoughts.
Until next time, this is Moviegoer Grim, saying, 'That's all, folks!'