Friday, 17 July 2015

Ted 2 (2015) Film Review

We saw this over a week after its release date and yet even still the cinema was completely packed! Not a spare seat was to be had, which is pretty impressive, considering the whole room of around one hundred adults were all sitting, waiting expectantly to see a film about a bear with a more interesting life than all of us put together.

Ted (the first) was funny but not too memorable. I think this film, surprisingly for a sequel, is even more hilarious than its predecessor! It's witty, smart, topical, unexpected. Particularly funny, without ruining it, were the comedy club scene, the F. Scott Fitzgerald piece. Just having the characters bounce off each other with their jokes and random conversations, so natural it seemed real, were the funniest parts. 

All the things we no longer expect from a comedy. Just when you think comedies have run out of ideas, a teddy bear sues America for its human rights. After seeing the advert I wasn't sure how they'd stretch that idea out over a feature film length of time but they managed. Some of the plot was tediously relevant, some was crazy but forgiveable because of its entertainment factor. Seth MacFarlane, with all his gags about drugs, must have been on some himself to write this mental film.

Mark Wahlberg's character in the first half is so cut up over his divorce to Mila Kunis' character from the first film that actually he's a wet drip and rarely amusing until he gets into it a bit and they stop focusing in on their cover up for whatever reason Mila didn't want to rejoin the cast. Amanda Seyfried plays a totally different character as a drug-obsessed lawyer but it was strange and kind of jarring hearing her swear and watching her take hits from a bong when normally she plays sweet or PG-rated characters. She played the character well, but I think a funnier actress could have brought the role much more life. However the Lord of the Rings references made to her made me laugh so hard it hurt. Obviously Seth MacFarlane did an amazing job as Ted, without so much as one flat joke. Liam Neeson's five minutes of fame in the film were so random, weird and crazy but fun none-the-less.

Plot aside, the film did what it was supposed to. It had us laughing pretty much constantly from start to finish, with belly laughs aplenty. Belly laughs are the true measure of a good comedy, anything can have you chuckling but only a true funny film can have you with tears in your eyes. You leave in a better mood than you arrived, and what else can you ask for?

Obviously it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea with its slapstick, rude, crude jokes but it definitely was mine. It'll never be a firm favourite but it's one of the funniest films I've seen this year.

My rating: 8/10

IMDb rating: 6.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes rating: 4.6/10