Happy Ending or Furry Flop?
Title – The Happytime Murders
Certificate – 15
Director – Brian Henson
Writers – Todd Berger (Screenplay/Story) & Dee Austin Robertson (Story)
Cast – Melissa McCarthy (Detective Connie Edwards), Elizabeth Banks (Jenny), Maya Rudolph (Bubbles), Leslie David Baker (Lt Banning)
Plot – When the puppet cast of an ’90s children’s TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.
Straight off, let me first say that this film has been getting Universally panned. It has come in for a lot of flack from critics and public alike…but today in a fairly packed (yet small) cinema, I had one of the most fun 90 minutes of all the films I have seen this year.
It’s crude…it’s VERY crude, and if you have seen any of the redband trailers going into this, you can see why. There’s an insane amount of gross-out comedy which always goes too far in that way which makes it even funnier. There’s loads of violence, except it’s puppets getting their heads blown off so it’s pretty comical, yet as it’s telling a story, there’s some genuine feels in there.
Melissa McCarthy is actually on form here too. She’s funny, but most of the comedy comes from any of the puppets doing ridiculously, and more crude things as the film goes on.
Raised loads of laughs, and genuinely made me enjoy this trip to the cinema.