STARRING: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek and Anders Holm
A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.
Sausage Party is an R-Rated animated comedy that takes place in Shopwell’s Supermarket, where foods and other grocery items see human beings as God’s who take them to The Great Beyond once they are purchased and taken out the automatic doors to paradise. A sausage named Frank dreams of living in the great beyond with a hot dog bun named Brenda. Eventually Frank learns the horrible truth of what awaits them all in The Great Beyond.
Sausage Party is the adult animated comedy penned by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, bringing on board with them Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon to direct the feature length film which places us right into the heart of a supermarket named Shopwell’s, where every morning the food and other grocery items sing a song to the ‘Gods’ in order to bless them and await for their moment to be chosen by the God’s (i.e Humans) and be taken to ‘The Great Beyond’. Unfortunately for them however is ‘The Great Beyond’ isn’t as great as they initially thought and they learn what happens to them once humans remove them from the store. By its premise and how it was set to tackle views on Religion in particular, Sausage Party had potential to be a good, original, raunchy comedy. Unfortunately the only thing I can give positively to Sausage Party from that list is that it is original.
It has become public knowledge recently that members of the animation team, around thirty of them, are in a dispute with Canadian production company Nitrogen Studios over the lack of overtime and allegations that they were pressured to work extra hours for free. Which is a shame, as evidenced by what I just seen at the cinema, the animation is the most positive thing to talk about from Sausage Party. The supermarket is made out to be this huge world within these different kinds of products and brings a different flavour to the table with different themes/looks on different aisles and the animation for talking foods is well done. In terms of the voice cast, the one that stood out to me was Edward Norton mimicking his inner Woody-Allen as Sammy Bagel Jr. There is a few individual scenes that I was amused at, such as the Saving Private Ryan nod, the Meat Loaf ‘cameo’ and the film takes a literal turn in the climax that is just ridiculous.
Unfortunately for all the potential that Sausage Party had to push the envelope in terms of where they could go with the story, it feels they went completely safe by its overuse of swear words, which get tiresome before we get through the opening musical number, its overuse of food puns and sexual food innuendo, the cliched stereotypes for jokes ratio is off the chart and unfortunately the film has no existence of being subtle and for that the overuse of all the above gets tiresome before its promise and originality comes into play in the final act.
Probably the biggest disappointment of the year so far for me as I went in with a high expectation due to the premise, trailers and the cast involved. In the end despite fulfilling the promise of being an outrageous adult comedy didn’t kickstart for me until the final act for me, the first two-thirds of Sausage Party comes across as lazy and tiresome with the majority of the jokes falling flat for me. 3/10