MOVIE REVIEW: Sausage Party is unlike anything you've seen
IT WAS almost impossible to imagine how exactly Sausage Party - the new animated comedy from the minds of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill - would play out as a full-length feature film.
The story of sentient groceries making the horrific discovery that these God-like beings called 'humans' were taking innocent food into the outside world, only to brutally murder and feast on them, wins huge points for originality, but on the surface doesn't appear to have much more meat than its bizarre premise.
The trailer itself almost feels like a pretty satisfying Funny or Die sketch but for a feature to really be necessary, it needs to outlast the surprise and shock of foul-mouthed products realising their violent fates.
Sure enough the first act suggests that Sausage Party has little more to offer than this idea weaved together by a series of increasingly diverse food puns (clever and hilarious food puns, but puns all the same).
However, something strange begins to unfold towards the end of a second act; not only is a genuine, almost genius story unfolding here, but the filmmakers intend to take it to the same extreme as the vulgar, boundary-defying comedy.
Sausage Party is every bit as over-the-top, immature and simply funny as you want it to be. If you're easily offended, then stay as far away from this movie as humanly possible because whether it's statements about religion or good old fashioned gross-out gags, this band of energetic edibles will find a way to push your buttons.
It's this 'take no prisoners' attitude that makes Sausage Party worthwhile and allows it to actually make some statements that might take you by surprise. If nothing else, I promise you have never seen a movie like this before and in the current cinematic climate, that has to be worth something.
Stars: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek.
Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
Rating: MA 15+
Verdict: 3.5/5 stars