Dans les bas-fonds de Los Angeles, humains et marionnettes – les puppets – vivent ensemble. Deux détectives, un humain et une marionnette, sont obligés de faire équipe bien malgré eux pour découvrir qui assassine les anciens acteurs du « Happy Time Gang », une émission de marionnettes très populaire. (When the puppet cast of an '90s children's TV show begin to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case.)
Critique de Steph
Last week Happytime Murders reached the theaters of the U.S. This comedy crime film directed by Brian Henson follows a world where humans and puppets live together. The film stars Melissa McCarthy (Tammy, Ghostbusters) as LAPD Detective Connie Edwards who investigates a series of crimes that decimates the cast of a 90’s puppet TV show: The Happytime Gang. She takes on the case with her former partner puppet, Phil Phillips, now private investigator, whom she testified against years ago for a police blunder.
We grew up with the Muppet Show, a family comedy show produced by the amazing Jim Henson during five seasons we have passed a great time with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and a lot of others characters. We keep the same good remembrance of The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996) and The Muppets (2011), Muppets Most Wanted (2014). These movies and show were magical and unforgettable.
Happytime murders should be an adult version of these are and play with magical to the pleasure taken to the audience. Not Happily, Jim Henson’s son , Brian Hanson failed to give life to a great movie. The main problem don”t come from the direction (near perfect) but from the bad Todd Berger’s screenplay. Far from the cult Peter Jackson’s movie Meet the Feables (1989) from Peter Jackson, Happytime murders don”t success to create a real world with amazing characters and a lot of dark humor.
If the concept could have been new and refreshing, the film is not. The best gags are all compiled in the trailer. The only positive point: its cast. Melissa McCarthy saves the day, whereas Elisabeth Banks and Maya Rudolph cope with an average script. If you like Melissa McCarthy, go see the film but don’t expect anything like Tammy or Bridesmaid.
Saw on August 26th, at Arclight Hollywood
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