Whenever I review a film, I try to find relevant images, maybe even a clip to illustrate and add to the accompanying text, to brighten things up a bit. With Sausage Party, it was difficult to find many clean images to use, the above being all I could really manage without a) spoiling the film or b) offending somebody! If you’ve seen the film, this’ll be no surprise to you, if not, strap yourself in for one of the most wild rides you’ll ever have in a cinema.
I’m not joking, it’s offensive, hilarious and boundary-pushing, all in one package; with segments hinting at religion, rarely seen in any type of film, never mind those straight out of Hollywood. Almost every single nation on this planet is ridiculed and held to their stereotypes, but through the medium of food, two prominent supporting characters are essentially representing Israel and Palestine, with the intentions of Seth Rogen’s script clearing perferating through the wafer-thin dialogue.
The basic premise is not quite as ‘Toy Story’ as you may initially think, I was taken in by that comparison for sure…quickly finding out it’s not the case. Each food item cannot wait to leave the sliding doors of the immaculate supermarket they reside in and to enter the ‘Great Beyond’, once chosen by ‘the gods’, human beings to you and me. It’s a simple concept, for sure, but as you begin to travel from A to B, the never-ending puns begin, and to be honest it only really escalates and escalates as the brisk running time progresses.
We’re treated to the best of the current crop of comedy when it comes to the voice talent; with Rogen voicing our hero Frank the Sasauge and Kristen Wiig his hot dog bun girlfriend. Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Edward Norton and Salma Hayek all lend their vocal talents in prominent roles, to add authenticity to the field. You’ll hear the voice of a druggie and realise it was Franco, or the moment you discover it was Bill Hader acting as a bottle of tequila, moments like these are sprinkled throughout the run time.
‘Sausage Party’ goes to some dark places, and sometimes you catch yourself laughing at almost grotesque scenes as you begin to slowly become attached to these food items, as ridiculous as that sounds.
No, while the food at a this particular American supermarket can all talk and cuss, their imaginations are not PG-friendly. There’s a reason this film was R-rated, the first for an animation, in the US and is a strong 15 rating here; it’s crude and rude. The finale itself is an absolute debauchery-filled madness, with sex-filled set-piece after set-piece leaving you quite literally not believing what you’re seeing.
It’s no outright masterpiece though. During the aforementioned finale, there were a couple of moments I stopped and thought had just gone that litte bit too far, and it is true that many will have issue with some part of the film. That’s human nature though, and while there is a lot to love here, there are also boundaries. I’d much rather films like ‘Sausage Party’ were made than left in the writers room, it shows confidence and daring, even if the finished work will offend. It’s impressive.
It’s fairly likely Rogen and his co-creator Evan Goldberg were as high as one of the human characters in the film during its conception, the end result would lead you to believe that. But what they’ve created is one of the most colourful, creative comedic experiences in years that has to be seen to truly be believed.