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Summary:  Several reformed yet misunderstood criminal animals attempt to become good, with some disastrous results along the way.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  31st March 2022 (Australia),24th March 2022 (Thailand), 1st April 2022 (UK), 22nd April 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: N/A

Country: USA

Director: Pierre Perifel

Screenwriter: Etan Cohen

Cast: Awkwafina (Tarantula (voice)), Richard Ayoade (Professor Marmalade (voice)), Zazie Beetz (Diane Foxington aka The Crimson Paw (voice)), Alex Borstein (Police Chief Misty Luggins (voice)), Marc Maron (Snake (voice)), Anthony Ramos (Piranha (voice)), Craig Robinson (Shark (voice)), Sam Rockwell (Wolf (voice)), Lilly Singh (Tiffany Fluffit (voice))

Running Time: 100 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), G (Thailand), U (UK), PG (USA)

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David Griffiths’ The Bad Guys Review:

It is often said that cinema needs something fresh. In a world where it often seems that it is Marvel vs DC or a reboot from the past it is very, very refreshing when something like The Bad Guys comes along. This may be an animated film but it is well written, comical yet somehow still manages to pack a real action punch.

Based on the books written by Aaron Blabey (whom many would remember as an actor from the iconic Water Rats) the film centres around a crime gang headed by criminal mastermind Wolf (voiced by Sam Rockwell – Moon). Also in the gang is the untrustworthy Snake (Marc Maron – Almost Famous), the cyber hacker Tarantula (Awkwafina – Crazy Rich Asians), master of disguise Shark (Craig Robinson – This Is The End) and the muscle Piranha (Anthony Ramos – In The Heights).

The gang are unified not only by their skills but also by the fact that they are all outsiders due to the fact that they terrify the humans they share the city with. Still they live relatively happy lives due to the amount of loot they have managed to acquire with their numerous heists.

However their lives are turned upside down when the brand new Mayor Diane Foxington (Zazie Beetz – Joker) announces that she is going to take down the crew. Determined to prove her wrong they decide to go after the elusive gold statue that is about to be awarded to the city’s hero Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade – The IT Crowd).

Directed by Pierre Perifel (Bilby) The Bad Guys is unlike any animated film that you have ever seen previously. The film’s crime storyline feels like it is for adults yet somehow  the screenwriter, Etan Cohen (Men In Black 3), manages to make this family friendly. So family friendly in fact that this is a film that will be enjoyed by all family members of all ages.

It is obvious that the film pays tribute to films like The Fast & The Furious and Oceans 11 yet at the same time has a voice that is very much its own. The film mixes comedy with action seamlessly well while also managing to draw in some classic heist tropes into an animated setting.

The characters themselves are all interesting and it is very easy to see that each audience member is going to find themselves ‘barracking’ for a character that they want to see as their favourite. Added to that is the fact that Cohen is a smart enough screenwriter to give each character their own personality and uniqueness, something that is often let fall by the wayside when it comes to the animation genre.

The plot itself is full of twists and turns that draw the audience in and keep them guessing from start to finish while the action sequences themselves make you feel like you are watching a Japanese animated film. Those sequences are bright, entertaining and above all add a suspense to this film that lifts this film above many of the other family films we have seen released over the past few years.

The Bad Guys is one of the biggest surprises of 2022. This breath of fresh air is a reminder that there is still creativity when it comes to animation. With such a creative plot and memorable characters this is one film that deserves to become its own franchise.

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THE BAD GUYS is a new original film from DreamWorks Animation.  

Based on a New York Times best-selling book series from Australian author Aaron Blabey, THE BAD GUYS is an action-filled caper film for families and everyone in between. 

Packed with stellar voice performances from an all-star cast, THE BAD GUYS is destined to be an all-audience movie when it releases on 31st March 2022! 

Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as TheBad Guys.

In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animation, based on the New York Times best-selling book series, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws are about to attempt their most challenging con yet—becoming model citizens.

Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys—dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf (Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), seen-it-all safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron, GLOW), chill master-of-disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson, Hot Tub Time Machine franchise), short-fused “muscle” Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos, In the Heights) and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina, Crazy Rich Asians), aka “Webs.”

But when, after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal (that he has no intention of keeping) to save them all from prison: The Bad Guys will go good.

Under the tutelage of their mentor Professor Marmalade (Richard Ayoade, Paddington 2), an arrogant (but adorable!) guinea pig, The Bad Guys set out to fool the world that they’ve been transformed. Along the way, though, Mr. Wolf begins to suspect that doing good for real may give him what he’s always secretly longed for: acceptance. So when a new villain threatens the city, can Mr. Wolf persuade the rest of the gang to become … The Good Guys?

The film co-stars Zazie Beetz (Joker), Lilly Singh (Bad Moms) and Emmy winner Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).

Based on the blockbuster Scholastic book series by Aaron Blabey, The Bad Guys is directed by Pierre Perifel (animator, the Kung Fu Panda films), making his feature-directing debut. The film is produced by Damon Ross (development executive TrollsThe Boss Baby, co-producer Nacho Libre) and Rebecca Huntley (associate producer, The Boss Baby). The executive producers are Aaron Blabey, Etan Cohen and Patrick Hughes.

A Million Ways To Die InThe West 2

Summary: As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 29th May, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Screenwriter: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild

Cast: John Aylward (Pastor Wilson), Preston Bailey (Young Albert), Johnny Bautista (Carl), Alex Borstein (Millie), Amick Byram (Marcus Thornton), Ardy Brent Carlson (Cowboy Ardy), Jean Effron (Elsie Stark), Jamie Foxx (Django), Ralph Garman (Dan), Gilbert Gottfried (Abraham Lincoln), Christopher Hagen (George Stark), Neil Patrick Harris (Foy), Evan Jones (Lewis), Rex Linn (Sheriff/Narrator), Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown), Seth MacFarlane (Albert), Ewan McGregor (Cowboy At Fair), Aaron McPherson (Ben), Liam Neeson (Clinch), Jay Patterson (Doctor Harper), Ryan Reynolds (Man Killed By Clinch In Bar), Giovanni Ribisi (Edward), Brett Rickaby (Charlie Blanche), Mike A. Salazar (6-Year-Old-Albert), Amanda Seyfried (Louise), Sarah Silverman (Ruth), Patrick Stewart (Dream Voice), Wes Studi (Cochise), Charlize Theron (Anna), Debbie Waters (Mother Of James Addison)

Runtime: 116 mins

Classification: MA15+

 

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Adam Ross: You can check out Adam’s A Million Ways To Die In The West review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #81

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Greg King: You can check out Greg’s A Million Ways To Die In The West review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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David Griffiths:

Television fans worldwide had always known that Seth MacFarlane was a comedy genius. His show-pony, the hilarious Family Guy had revealed a dark sense of humor that wasn’t always politically correct but was always worth a laugh or two. Then came Ted, a film that centered around a foul-mouthed, alcoholic, drug abusing bear, a film that also proved that Mr MacFarlane’s comedic talents could also transfer to the big screen.

Now comes MacFarlane’s real test, that difficult second film… very often the film that will make or break a filmmaker. Just to raise the bar even higher MacFarlane has decided the tough task of making a comedy western, a genre that works well in the shape of Blazing Saddles but has also delivered some severe duds along the way. Besides that he has also decided to star, direct, write and produce the whole shebang. The good news for his fans though is he delivers the goods.

MacFarlane (Movie 43, Ted) plays Albert, a kind-hearted sheep farmer who is a bit of a loser when it comes to life. He spends most of his time concerned at the million or so ways that the old west can kill you while also seemingly fail at being a sheep farmer considering his sheep are normally found wondering all around the town he calls home.

To add to his loser status he suddenly finds himself dumped by his girlfriend, Louise (Amanda Seyfried – Epic, The Big Wedding) who decides that she is better suited the much more successful and moustached Foy (Neil Patrick Harris – Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, The Smurfs 2). Worse still is the fact that Foy has challenged Albert to a gun duel and despite his surroundings he has never fired a gun before in his life.

Enter Anna (Charlize Theron – Prometheus, Snow White And The Huntsman) the attractive gun-slinger who rides into town and takes an interest liking to Albert. She is more than happy to train him for the gun fight and along the way they learn that they also share the same interests… and sense of the humor. The one thing that she fails to tell him though is that she is married to, Clinch (Liam Neeson – The Lego Movie, Non-Stop), a tough, violent outlaw who is not impressed when he finds about Anna and Albert.

While A Million Ways To Die In The West does ultimately work it is on occasions hit and miss… although the hits do outweigh the misses. The typical MacFarlane humour is there that his fans have come to know and love, the cheap shots at everyday life and the occasional black humour moment that makes you laugh despite the fact that you feel it is not a topic that you should be laughing at. To his credit this type of humour works throughout the film but at times it also feels that MacFarlane works too hard to get his comedic point across. For example do we really need to see Foy kick over a hat full of diarrhoea to get the joke, or do we need a close-up of a sheep penis to find the fact the sheep relieves itself on Albert hilarious?

Then there are the parts of the film that work amazingly well. Albert is set up as a character that you are going to like and while some of the characters, such as Clinch, could be described as clichés there are interesting peripheral characters such as Edward (Giovanni Ribisi – Gangster Squad, Ted) and Ruth (Sarah Silverman – Gravy, TV’S Louie), a Christian couple that don’t have sex before marriage despite the fact that she works as a prostitute. It’s these kinds of side stories that certainly keeps the audience focussed on the film and laughing throughout.

When it comes to the acting side of A Million Ways To Die In The West a few of the cast get really smooth runs. Liam Neeson plays Clinch well but it feels like he is in cruise control while at times it almost feels like Charlize Theron is playing herself. Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and Neil Patrick Harris all nail their comedic timing, while MacFarlane has shown that he is a good actor when he steps in front of the camera. Hopefully we see him do more of that in the future and not just concentrate on voice work.

A Million Ways To Die In The West is not the kind of comedy that will appeal to everybody, some of the jokes may go into some people’s ‘too crass’ pile, but for others this is going to be the kind of film that you will get laughs at throughout. Maybe not as good as Blazing Saddles but still a worthwhile comedy with a good romantic subplot.

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IMDB Rating: A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) on IMDb

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