Family Guy Strikes Back…

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Some of you may have read my recent Blue Harvest review, in which I proclaimed my unholy love for that spoof of Star Wars by the creators of Family Guy. So naturally, as it’s the same subject matter, this film strikes you immediately as more of the same. Which isn’t a bad thing, they’ve kept the quality of the jokes and humour at roughly the same level. There are real-laugh out loud moments, some good points about the source material and some interesting bits.

This one is based on The Empire Strikes Back, just as Blue Harvest was based on A New Hope. Disappointingly, they use the power outage in the exact same way as they did in the first one. It’s pretty faithful to the source material, although some would consider it to be too close to the source material to keep it as funny.

Something Something Something Dark Side (for that is its name) is an okay piece to look at. It’s funny and all, but none of it is hilarious as the last one was in several places. I guess that’s because the humour is focused less on the source material and more on observations on life that have been written into the Star Wars universe. Whereas most of the humour from Blue Harvest came from pointing out absurdities within the original film.

One complaint I have about this one is that it very much went for the whole ‘quoting the film verbatim’ thing. Blue Harvest stayed away from thieving half the dialogue from the film, but I suppose in a way it’s necessary to move the story along. Except that’s why you have writers. The original film wasn’t really written very much with humour in mind, although there were some funny moments, and I’m not going to say ‘much like this one’ because that would be low and not really true.

Overall, I liked this one. It wasn’t as good as it could be, but certainly worth a watch. It didn’t make me laugh as hard as Blue Harvest did, but they set themselves such a fine bar to jump with Blue Harvest that they sort of collided with it on the way up. Definitely a day-one purchase in my book.


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