by Darius Washington
I went to a recent screening of the Aqua Teen
Hunger Force movie, and am mystified as to why people find
this show funny, as the film honestly bored the heck out of me.
Based on the hit Adult Swim TV series, this animated
action-adventure epic tackles the mysterious circumstances that
brought Meatwad, Frylock, and Master Shake together. The main plot
concerned the ATHF getting their hands on an exercise machine that
turned the user into a rampaging robot monster, while a set of aliens
who are the Force's counterparts look on.
As an anime fan, I can usually get with parody plots
involving big mecha, but the screenplay for this movie wasn't entertaining.
I really didn't get the jokes. Actually, I take that back: I did,
and realized they were the kind of dirty jokes I would've loved
when I was 9-12 years old living in the 80s, but just tend to shrug
It was nice to see a couple elements
like the main villain's ship from Hanna-Barberra's Space Stars,
as well as a small shout out to pro wrestler Chief Wahoo McDaniel,
but these and a couple laughs really don't save the movie. Occasional
mentions of 80s pop culture can be cool, but if those elements don't
totally add to the overall enjoyment of a film, then what's the
On the other hand, if you're already a fan of the
ATHF TV series, you may be interested to know the other fans who
attended the screening seemed to like this movie for the most part,
so I guess I could recommend it to veteran viewers who enjoy it.
But for the uninitiated, I really can't see doing so.