Ted (2012) Review
Its early family guy which means it very funny but doesn’t always gel, that’s fine in a TV show but can be strange in a full length film. Nevertheless it’s really funny and that’s all a comedy film needs to be so it’s winning. This is so Seth MacFarlane that it’s hard to escape the family guy comparisons. Although it does have some unique and unseen funny parts which I am glad of because I was worried about the trailer being all of its comedy.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since.
The advice I would give to readers is to watch Flash Gordon because there a lot of references which are very funny but need some understanding, but seriously who hasn’t seen Flash Gordon. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.
To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was good and I say that because I can’t imagine it’s easy to do when trying to talk to a teddy bear that probably wasn’t there on filming, but also that Mark Wahlberg had to pretend a teddy bear was a drug taking, dirty mouthed, lazy best friend. The main characters where very good as they normally are with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis doing great stuff with the comedy scenes especially the scene when they have to clean the poo off the floor. Seth MacFarlane Quite frankly just does his Peter voice with a more Boston accent and thought his best stuff was from the writing and direction. Not a brilliant script, funny though. The rest of the cast are funny as well with great cameos from Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon) and a gay Patrick Warburton and Ryan Reynolds.
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In terms of humour the best parts where the stupid comedy scenes that become amplified by the fact that’s its being done by a teddy bear, this always gets to me as being funny but wouldn’t always be funny so it’s a one time showing. The Flash Gordon references are very funny and Sam J. Jones was a great example of being and taking a joke. Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis worked well together and I always think Mark is great in comedies and I am glad he did well in this as well. Best scene with Mark would be the fight with Ted which was actually very funny and actually better in showing than on the trailer and both made me laugh so enjoy that. There’s a lot of good people in this who get laughs and I hope you all get them, here’s some names Joel McHale, Giovanni Ribisi, Matt Walsh and Patrick Stewart who does the narration.
The best review I would be “Works so well not just because the entire story so casually accepts the reality of a living teddy bear… but because Wahlberg is so wholly dedicated to… emotional authenticity…” MaryAnn Johanson. This review is right on the money as its main selling for me is that everyone isn’t affected by the living teddy bear except the audience which very funny and great comic humour. My favourite scene would be the party when they do drugs and start a fight with the Asian man next door and with Seth around racism wasn’t far away, but that whole scene was hysterical and it’s hard to choose between Ted fighting a duck and “Flash” fighting “Ming”.