Movie Review: "Ted"
- by The Rajun Cajun, 29 June 2012
Seth MacFarlane is notorious for making cult-classic cartoons such as American Dad, and more famously, Family Guy. With the new movie Ted, it marks his debut of being a director of feature films. Does Ted have what it takes to be a good movie? Let’s find out.
The movie Ted is about a kid that wishes for his teddy bear to come to life. Sure enough, he does, becomes his best friend, ages with him, and hilarity ensues. The premise is a little silly, as it sounds a lot like Winnie the Pooh or something like that, but with MacFarlane on the director’s chair, it’s much raunchier than the Disney classic. Of course, that’s not all the plot consists of, but they could be considered potential spoilers, so I won’t discuss them here. I will say, however, that while the story itself may not be the best thing ever, the humor in this movie was fantastic, and overshadows the fact.
Something I’ve always disliked about Family Guy and American Dad is that you have these talking animals (Brian and the goldfish), and you never get an explanation as to why they can talk and why nobody makes a big deal of the fact. In Ted, you get those explanations, and the way they go about it is one of my favorite parts of the movie. From the trailers, you see an incredible exchange of dialogue between Ted and Mark Wahlberg’s character, and the movie is full of that, so don’t think for a second that the trailer ruined anything. Speaking of Mark, I suppose that I should discuss how great the supporting cast was, as I almost forgot that there were actual humans in this movie. Ted (voiced by MacFarlane himself) steals the show, no doubt, but the supporting cast was awesome. Wahlberg was charming and hilarious, and Mila Kunis was funnier and sexier than usual. Also, the amount of cameos in this movie is spectacular, and is one of the movie’s most memorable qualities.
Over all, I really enjoyed Ted, and Seth MacFarlane really knocked it out of the park with this one. Sure, not every joke will make you laugh, but the ones that do, will make you laugh for a while. This was much better than any Family Guy episode I can personally think of, and hope that MacFarlane goes on to make more movies in general. This movie totally worked, and for that, I give it an 8.5 out of 10. Go see it immediately if you’ve ever laughed at a Family Guy episode, but if you’re not a fan of MacFarlane and his humor, go watch something else. Ted has the potential to be a cult-classic on its own right, and that’s totally well deserved.