TL;DR – There are some interesting ideas here, but the sum of its parts don’t quite add up.
Score – 2 out of 5 stars
Well this is a difficult film to review because there truly are a couple of really remarkable things that the movie does which really stand out, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t laugh, but ultimately I just left feeling that it’s just a bit meh.
So before we go on the basic premise of Ted is that one day a little boy wished really hard and made his teddy bear (Ted) but unlike most films which would tell that story, with Ted we flash forward 30 years to see what would happen once everyone grown up (spoiler the answer is – they don’t grow up). In this film, Ted has been declared property and legal not a person. This is a film by Seth McFarlane and if you have seen any of his work before (Family Guy et al), you probably already have a good idea if you will like or dislike this film and you would probably be right.
The Good or at least the interesting – there actually are some interesting concepts being discussed in this film, the notion of what makes us human, what happens when we declare a sentient lifeform property. This is not the first movie to look at this issue and it is by far not the best (it’s not even close to being the best) but it is good that people are conversing in these issues. There are moments of this film which are really quite funny, yes it is incredibly crude humour and a lot of it does not work, but a lot of it works. Also, I really want to know how MacFarlane got Hasbro to put their label on this film, I mean it is one thing for them to be in an R film but they are the bad guys, I mean how this got past the marketing department I will never know. In fact, in the 3rd act, there is an extended scene set in Comic Con with so many different franchises from a number of different movie companies how he got to use them all I just don’t know?
The Bad – Well where to begin, there is scraping the barrel with your humour and then there is this film, it’s the kind of film that you laugh at something then you wondered why it is that you laughed. Also, the film has a way of making things which start off funny turn really unpleasant quite quickly, for example, Patrick Warburton & Michael Dorn in the Comic Con scenes. As well as this, Giovanni Ribisi returns as the character Donnie (the villain of the first film), and it just does not work, Ribisi is a really good actor that is just wasted here. There are a number of extraneous plot lines that could have been removed to tighten up the film, they just felt like padding. And look I am a crier in films, and there is there are a number of scenes in this film which they were hoping would connect with the audience on that level and it was just well meh.
In the end, was the film funny, yes, can I recommend it no, spend your money elsewhere.
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Directed By – Seth MacFarlane
Screenplay by – Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild
Starring – Mark Wahlberg, Seth McFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, John Slattery, Jessica Barth, Patrick Warburton, Michael Dorn and Morgan Freeman
Rating – Australia: MA 15+; Canada: 14A; Ireland: 16; NZ: R13; UK: 15; USA: R