67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2007
After reading numerous criticisms from the press and seeing similar reviews on amazon I am aware that this makes me the minority....but I loved it. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon movie wasn't supposed to be the next best movie of all time. It was made with under a million dollars and wasn't even a wide release. Everyone expected it to get panned, and we knew all along that this would be a movie purely for the fans. And the fans love it!
Everyone in the theater seemed to love it too. The first 30 minutes are admittedly the best, but people were cracking up pretty much up until the end. If you like the Aqua Teen Hunger force show, you should like this. It is exactly what you would figure the movie to be: It is structured the same way the shorts are, but with much more content. Actually, when you take one of the seasons on DVD and do the "play all" that's basically the equivalent of watching this movie. Yeah, there is a plot line consistent through the movie, but that plot line is paper thin. Essentially, you could start the movie halfway through and wouldn't feel like you missed anything.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2008
This is a very sophisticated and cultured drama.
If you enjoy movies like The English Patient, Sense and Sensibility, or The Painted Veil, then I highly recommend this movie.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Of all of Adult Swim's original programming, Aqua Teen Hunger Force proved to be the most popular, which made a feature film pretty much inevitable. And we get it with Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, which takes the unbridled, non-sensical insanity of the show and brings it to the big screen in spades. Even if you've never seen the show before, just reading the title of the movie will give you a clue as to what to expect here. The central plot (and I use that word loosely) of the movie revolves around the origins of the Aqua Teens: Master Shake, Frylock, and Meatwad; as they unite to save the world, well, kind of that is. For those that are familiar with the show, expect plenty of familiar faces, most notably irate neighbor Carl, the Mooninites, Dr. Weird and his assistant Steve, and others as well. Die hard fans will find little to be disappointed by, however it is worth noting that the humor does wear thin as the film goes along. That aside though, there's plenty to enjoy here, and there's a nice crew of guest voices including Bruce Campbell, Chris Kattan, Tina Fey, and legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart. The DVD features are wonderful as well, including the original "deleted" Aqua Teen movie, deleted scenes and fake endings, music videos, and more besides. All in all, Aqua Teen fans new and old will get varying degrees of enjoyment out of the Aqua Teen movie, and the DVD special features make it worth picking up alone.
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2007
Those who know me know I love Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Sometimes. The writers are good at finding things that are funny that other people don't. Sometimes. This series has been the source of several ten minute spurts of hilarity that may never be matched in my lifetime. But just some. And that's really the problem. Even for the initiated, indoctrinated Aqua Teen Hunger Force fan, a few of the shows just don't click. I think that Hand Banana was hilarious and Grim Reaper Gutters was pretty awful and Global Grilling is just ho hum. That's just this season.
One of the charms of the Adult Swim block on television is that if you don't like what's on, it's entirely possible that ten minutes from now, it won't be any more. If a joke falls flat for these writers on television, it's a short experience, easily forgotten by the viewer when he tunes in again and gets a hilarious payoff. In a movie theater, however, that particular privilege of their original format goes away and you're left with a film that's up and down and ultimately doesn't pay out as much as you might expect it to.
Now, don't get me wrong - fans of the show should buy the movie. The extras are thick and meaty, and the film is at least entertaining enough for a person well indoctrinated in the series that it will be more enjoyable than not. For a viewer who's never heard of this Aqua Teen Hunger Force thing, however, my sincerest advice is to run as far and as fast as you possibly can, because you will hate this movie. Not just dislike - hate.
Any time a movie doesn't even try for large segments of the audience (the majority, in this case), you have to rate it accordingly, particularly given the fact that fans of the show are only going to read these reviews to find something they disagree with and argue about it. So, yeah - average viewers, think of this three as more of a one and a half with a big fat caution.
Seriously, though - there were some pretty excellent gags. The opening parody reel ought to be shown before every single film released for the next ten years, because it's a neat and effective way of expressing what we're all thinking. After that, however, you get a sort of bumpy ride of chuckles and boredom. I didn't personally find large parts of the story to be that satisfying, and the whole thing seemed to me like the writers were straining a little bit.
There is reason for optimism, though. As a backer of the show, I have felt obliged to purchase this movie, and if only for the extras and the good parts, I think it was worth the money I paid for it. The film also turned over something like ten times its budget, so we might be able to reasonably expect this sort of treatment for other Adult Swim programming in the future. And, as I hope I've beaten into the ground by now, the funny bits are reasonably funny. I just have a hard time with a movie where as many of the gags fall flat as this one.
Bottom Line: this film is ONLY, and I will stress that ONLY part, for the already-established fan. If you're a new person looking into just what this Aqua Teen Hunger Force is all about, I'd have to recommend that you get started with the first or second season DVDs (I actually started with the fourth) and see if the show is at all to your liking before you consider picking up this movie.
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2007
...I can die now. I have watched the greatest DVD ever released. ATHFCMFFTFD is culmination over a hundred years of hollywood PRACTICING for this one film! And the DVD release, wow! Bring on the new formats, cause this is the DVD to end all DVDs. Liquid cinema, movie brain downloads, segway flix, whatever the new thing is. Cause NO other DVD will ever match this. There is entire DELETED Movie on the extras. An entire movie, not just a couple of lame scenes. Every great character from the series makes an appearance here. If you are a fan, I'm sure you have already bought your own copy from China, if you hate the show. Watch it anyway, it will make you think straight and will BECOME a fan. The budget of this thing must have been a billion dollars, it was that good. I can't believe that lame other robot movie made more money at the BO. YES, ATHFCMFFTFD has robots too, better ones! But like all great art this will take time to be recognized for the masterpiece that it is. Someday the AFI will name the top three films of all time: 3. Citizen Kane 2. Godfather 1. Aqua Teen Movie
Don't wait for the bandwagon, jump on this future classic now!
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2007
This movie is only dumped on by losers who don't like the show. If you don't like the show, don't go see the movie. The opening of the movie was the hardest I have ever laughed in my life, even crying the laughter was so hard. The movie was never slow, the laughs never stopped and the money was so worth it. If you like the show, see this movie. If you don't like the show, shut your mouth and go see some Disney movie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Like one reviewer put it, the movie is great but would be better as a 15 minute episode. The magic that made the series so great just doesn't translate well into a movie. It's difficult to make something so short funny for an hour or two.
In the movie Fry, Master Shake, & Meatwad try to get buff. They have some contraption that's obviously going to backfire horribly (which it does) since that's something that's a regular in the series. After some misadventures, they start the machine up & it turns into a horrible robotic monstrosity with Carl inside of it. That's pretty much the basic plot in a nutshell. Literally, it could have been shorter. Then again, they wouldn't have been able to put in the added backstory about where they came from and who their parents are. It's funny, but honestly the origin story could have been skipped. It was lackluster.
In the end the movie is good for entertainment value (i.e., it won't bore you), but not good as far as overall greatness goes. I wouldn't buy it full price $25-18, but it'd make a decent addition if you can get it at a bargain price. It's not worth that much.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2007
If you're a fan of the show. You will not be dissapointed.
The Insane-O-flex rules. The Song it plays "I kinda like your booty, but I'm not gay" is hilarious. I'm a drummer, so I also loved the Neil Peart cameo.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2007
I am a fan of the 12 mintue antics of ATHF on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. It's really bizarre, stupid, and pointless but funny and entertaining. The film is all those things, too. I wouldn't recommend this movie to anyone unless they really like ATHF. The story doesn't make sense, and I don't think the writers really wanted it to. The basic plot involves an exercise machine and the orgins of Frylock, Master Shake, and Meatwad. There are appearances by Dr. Weird, Steve, Ignignokt and Err (the Mooninites), Oglethorpe and Emory (the Plutonians), MC Pee Pants, and Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past from the Future. Bruce Campbell, Chris Kattan, and Tina Fey provide cameo voice work. The film's short running time helps. For fans only.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2010
I remember when I reviewed the atrocious Disaster Movie, an angry (and very misguided) fan questioned my comment that I said talented film-makers are banished from Hollywood because their films don't make much money, yet trash like that was released. This is one of those films. A film that slipped under the radar because it got a limited release and made a little over $5 million, yet Disaster Movie scored more than $14 million (What is this world coming to?). This film is a great comedy that is cheerfully vulgar, lacking logic and coherence, yet funny as hell even though it didn't make much sense of any sort. This film is a sure-fire candidate for being one of the best comedies I've ever seen and one of the twenty best animated films I've ever seen.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: I'm going to do my best to tell you what it's about, because there's is so much random stuff going on that it's tough putting it all together. Basically there is a legendary exercise machine from the future that must never be assembled, otherwise it will become a robot, crush everything in its path, lay eggs so more robots will be unleashed, and make the user insanely buff. Of course, the machine is assembled and starts to wreak havoc upon everything and takes its user Carl (A fat and hairy man obsessed with pornography) hostage. So it is up to Frylock (Who is a floating box of french fries who has powers), Master Shake (A talking cup full of milkshake), Meatwad (A wad of meat of course), the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past (A robot that likes to hump just about anything and always tells random stories by starting them with the phrase, "Thousands of years ago..."), and the Plutonians (Two very weird looking aliens) to stop this machine. The plot also involves Frylock, Master Shake, and Meatwad all trying to figure out where they all came from and who created them, and I'll guarantee you are in for some rather ludicrous (And totally unexpected) plot twists. If you watch this film, prepare for one of the most insane adventures you've ever experiences because there is nothing really like it.
MUSIC: It fits the mood, and it can be rather hilarious. Especially the song before the film begins that tells you to sit down, not talk, and threatens terrible things to you if you dare copy this film illegally. I really have no gripes against the music.
ACTING: Every role is completely over the top in every aspect, along with the dialogue ("I came here to live my dream of dancing professionally...in the nude. Uh, I mean Broadway."). Every performance was rather hilarious and was laughing through pretty much the whole film.
ACTION: There is one thing you have to do in order to enjoy this film; you must accept its insanity. No matter how absurd it may be, you must accept it, or you will hate this film with a fiery passion. The only other film I can really compare this film to in terms of how insane it is would be the anime film Paprika; another film that you must accept its insanity and it will leave you very confused. However, the big difference is that this film is more comedic and the characters don't come close to qualifying as normal. This film was never boring thanks to how completely absurd it is. If you accept what is happening you will laugh, and you will laugh hard. Either that or you will be in for a nightmare.
OVERALL: If you open your mind and accept it for what it is, you'll have a blast. I sure did and I can watch this film over and over again. This is definitely one of those love it or hate it kind of films, and there really is no in between. This is easily one of the craziest and surreal experiences ever (However it loses to films such as Pink Floyd: The Wall, Paprika, and The Cell, and the craziest thing I've ever experienced was the game Killer 7; there is nothing more insane). This is a film that will be hard to digest for many, and watching a few episodes from the TV show might help.
THE GOOD: Completely over the top, funny as hell, great performances, cheerfully vulgar, good music, interesting extras on the DVD, and it was never boring.
THE BAD: Very little coherence, some DVD extras aren't very good, and it will be hard to digest for many.