Former special operative MacGruber is called back into action to take down his arch-enemy, Dieter Von Cunth, who's in possession of a nuclear warhead and bent on destroying Washington, D.C.
SNL comedy gold right here, and apparently the last legit Saturday Night Live feature film. After a couple blockbusters and a lot of movies that didn't do so well (this one almost broke even on box office revenue) it seems they might've decided to close shop with these. For shame...
I think I watched this one back in the day too, but I had no idea then that it was a movie spurred by a collection of skits. I had no idea who Will Forte was. SNL was an at the time a maybe seen but if so unrecognized abbreviation of which the implications to me were not known.
I went into this with an older mind now and way more background knowledge thereof, and just like with Popstar (Are SNL features back? New studio? Standalone production?) you appreciate it all the more when you know who's in it!
Though that applies to everything. Of course. The more background the better. Usually.
Anyhow: Unfortunately this movie suffers slightly from the too-much-hype-in-beginning-of-movie syndrome, they build it up depressingly well, and though I know that's a part of the comedy it's still a disappointment when the rest doesn't maintain standard. Though it does get better again, eventually, and it ends well.
If you've seen the sketches you'll appreciate the bomb scene in particular, and MacCruber's relation to Vicky, and all those things, but overall... I'm not totally sold. It's fun, but it's not as fun as I expected it to be.
In the end I feel the sketches had more of that. They were all the more ferocious with the limited time allowed for each, whereas this one spans a whole movie... span, and it feels like they have to drag things out a little as to fill the duration thereof.
I didn't think Ryan Phillippe would really do the celery thing though! Wonder if he joined in the movie voluntarily or no. And getting people like Val Kilmer, Power Boothe and Chris Jericho involved, not to mention SNL icons like Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig sure amplify your expectations. And the number plate thing. I love how far they took that.
Good watch, just overall not as good as I hoped. Could they have had a bit more explosions? A bit more action? Been a bit more like a Machete of comedy, maybe? Maybe that'd have been more as I expected?
But it definitely was a blast, with a limited but solid cast.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle