Saturday, 8 September 2012



Opinion: B+

One of the best comedies this year amplified by a hilarious screenplay by Writer Director Seth MacFarlane (who also voices as Ted) that has an amazing stamina to last the entire 106 minutes. Mark Wahlberg's onscreen chemistry with the CGI teddy bear is almost impeccable despite featuring two distinct personalities  without a single moment of deemed stale awkwardness.

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.

Despite featuring a cute furry talking teddy bear as one of the film's key characters, unaware parents of interested adolescents may like to take into consideration the film's intensive usage of drug, profanities, and crude humour. That said, the film's intention isn't to promote those restricted values but rather to build a tale that revolves around such values.

You see, John Bennett is like any other guy around your neighbourhood during your childhood years. In fact, he's so average that you might not even notice him. He is a guy who yearns to have a pal by his side but not even the neighbourhood bully takes a fancy. It is until a talking teddy bear Ted came into the picture when Bennett's life found new meaning and company.

Thunder Buddies to be exact, where they curse thunder with a song together on bed.

Fast forward to a matured John who is now accompanied by an additional beloved of his life - his girlfriend Lori Collins (Mila Kunis). The three co-exist along each other's presence until the conflict arises. John seems to find himself overly attached to Ted where he often leaves Lori to indulge in worldly desires with Ted. Beer sessions and smoking pot are their favourite pastimes besides being infatuated by their revered action hero Flash Gordon (Sam Jones himself).

This is a film that also pays tribute to the nostalgia of all guys who grew up in the 80s and have now grown into various forms of adulthood. Somewhere deep down within, there's a little bit of childhood memory in us. Whether or not it involves a talking teddy bear, where it's more of an iconic figure to help us jog down our memory lanes to recall what made us happy with a smile on our faces.

For the rest, Ted is really quite a character who induces the most amount of jokes and laughter throughout the film. MacFarlane understands his own comedy script better than anyone else, thus kudos to him voicing the incredible CG teddy bear (thanks to its visual effects and character animation team) and bringing us some much fun with an obnoxious but overtime likeable personality.

Wahlberg seems to fit well in his role as John and his performance echoes several of Ted's demeanour well with synergised chemistry that entertains. Ted is a highly entertaining film, despite the objective fact that the film doesn't behold any distinct storyline less an extracted chapter of John's life. Ted and John soon shrouds us away from the film's technical flaws and grows on you.

Ted is really more than just an adult comedy, but also an entertaining recount of some of your favourite memories in sweet (or bitter) nostalgia.

1 comment:

  1. The favorable reviews of this movie really surprised me. Guess I will have to check it out on NetFlix.


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